The Moths of Suffolk
1390 Udea prunalis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Locally widespread

Habitats : Fens, woodland, grassland and marshes

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

Larval foodplants : various herbaceous plants including deadnettles (Lamium), woundworts (Stachys), Dog's Mercury (Mercurialis perennis), Common Nettle (Uirtica dioica), Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymemum), brambles (Rubus), Elder (Sambucus nigra) and elms (Ulmus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring to U .prunalis and O. fuscalis) quite common everywhere, and at Monks Soham light; latter mainly in marshes.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 23-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultAlgedonia terrealis
Udea fulvalis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (4.vii.2012) © A Prichard