The Moths of Suffolk
1515 Pterophorus spilodactylus, (Curtis, 1827)

National Status : RDB3

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Grassland and hedgerows on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August, occasional partial second brood September to October

Larval foodplants : White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Records : Icklingham (S Clancy 27.vii.2004), Mildenhall (A M Emmet, J Langmaid, P Sterling 17.ix.1996)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local southern kind, extending northwards to only Worcester and 'Suffolk' (Meyrick). Has occurred in Suffolk (Steph. Illust. iv, 1835, p. 371): Taken by Mr. Sparshall in some abundance upon undergrowth upon a heath near Mildenhall on 8 July 1824 (Curtis, Brit. Ent. iv, pl. clxi). One on Mullein-leaf on open heath of Wangford Warren, Lakenheath, at 3 p.m. on 26 July 1937 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 18-26mm


Confusion species : None

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Flushed from sward by day - Zabardo, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman