The Moths of Suffolk
1108 Lobesia abscisana, (Doubleday, 1849)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, scrub and other uncultivated rough areas

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and July to August. The earlier brood appears to be much smaller locally than the second brood.

Larval foodplants : In the shoots of Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Added to the Suffolk List from Ampton, where he found it to be not uncommon, by Nurse (Ent. p 1913, 195), and from Waldringfield during 1930 by Dr. Whittingham (Trans. i, 108).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm


Confusion species : None

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (5.vii.2006) © Stuart Read

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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (3.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener