The Moths of Suffolk
1642 Lappet, Gastropacha quercifolia, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Very scarce in recent years

Habitats : Hedgerows, scrub, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives late June to August

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, hawthorn and apple

Records : Needham Market (C W Pierce, 1963 & 1965), Walberswick (T Harman, 1963), Weston (A Aston, 1965). Two recent records; Nowton (R Eley, 1995-6) and Shottisham (A Morgan, 1994)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not known to be indigenous in 1858, though very widely distributed and in small numbers in all our less harrowed villages: not in High Suffolk. Local and scarce about Sudbury (Ransom), East Bergholt, occasionally at Ipswich lights, Copdock, Needham, scarce at Waldringfield; Martlesham, Blaxhall in 1919, Swefling, Aldeburgh, both sexes at Henham in July 1924; Reydon 1935 (Baker), Wrentham in July 1933 (R. S. Girling); Lowestoft, five at Bungay in 1903; Lound, Fritton; Gorleston in 1932 and 1933. Higham, Kennet; Tuddenham (Norgate) and bred there (Sparke); Brandon in 1934 (Doughty). Village of Kennet lies outside Suffolk

Wingspan details : Forewing 28-42mm, Wingspan 56-88mm


Confusion species : None

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France (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wiltshire (10.vii.2005) © M Deans
Strandzha, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman
Hvoina, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman