The Moths of Suffolk
1365 Pyrausta despicata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks and the coast, where it can be quite common

Habitats : Coastal vegetated shingle, grassland, marshes and fens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-June to July and August to mid-September

Larval foodplants : plantains (Plantago), at base of leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very frequent on rough, dry grassy places by day everywhere, especially the Breck; Monks Soham rarely at light.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-19mm


Confusion species : None

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Landguard, Felixstowe (25.viii.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich ( © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard
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Ipswich, Suffolk (7.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener