The Moths of Suffolk
1168 Gypsonoma sociana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open woodland, fens, gardens, parks and stream banks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : In the shoots of Black Poplar (Populus nigra) or Aspen (Populus tremula) and less often in the catkins of willows (Salix)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite rarely observed. No localities recorded between Felixstow in July 1902 (Gbs) and Beccles after 1890 (Ctw); Gorleston in July 1932 (D). Now as common as Acerana in poplars about Ipswich, Horham and Debenham (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGypsonoma aceriana
Gypsonoma dealbana

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (25.vi.2009) © Paul Kitchener