The Moths of Suffolk
1638 Fox Moth, Macrothylacia rubi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Common in the Brecks, Sandlings and coastal areas

Habitats : Heathland, coastal and other grasslands, fen, open woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May and June, with a small number of records occuring in every month from July to October

Larval foodplants : A wide variety of plants including heather, bramble, sallows and Blackthorn

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very general on our heathlands, but a good deal scarcer than formerly. Extremely common on Kesgrave Heath (Gr, Nat.1858, 58) ; no later records around Ipswich. Melton and Thorpe (D) ; Aldeburgh (Hele); Aldeburgh in 1892 and Southwold in 1891 (Ctw) ; Dunwich heath in 1929 (Vinter) and larvae abundant at Blythburgh (Gd), not rare in that district in 1933 (Blair) ; Westleton heath (Platten); Bulchamp heath in 1914 (Mly). Larva at Lowestoft north denes on 17 September 1894; near Beccles (Winter, Ent. Wk. Int. 1859, 199). Probably common on the Breck:-Barton Mills heath in June 1924 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 22-26mm, female 26-31mm, Wingspan 48-72mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Male - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (29.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Young larva - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Kessingland, Suffolk (30.ix.2010) © Brian Buffery
 
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Kessingland, Suffolk (30.ix.2010) © Brian Buffery
male - Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath, Suffolk (12.vi.2009) © Lee Gregory
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vi.2010) © Neil Sherman