The Moths of Suffolk
1644 Kentish Glory, Endromis versicolora, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Open birch woodland and lightly wooded moorland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to mid-May

Larval foodplants : Silver Birch, less commonly on Downy Birch and Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : This is one of the vanished Suffolk Glories, and a flagrant example of dealers' exstirpation. Formerly abundant over all our south-east birch-woods in April; extinct for sixty years. First recorded by the Revd. William Kirby of Barham as occurring near Ipswich in April last " (Steph. Illust. 1829, 35 ; copied by Wood, Stainton, &c.; cf. Ent. 1878, 174). Forty specimens about Woolverstone by dealer King (Nat. 1858, 206); five near Ipswich in 1867 (Tim Last, Ent. 1868, 189). At Holbrook Park and Bentley, formerly; the final specimen was "taken near Ipswich on 13 April 1875 by T. Last" (Garrett, 1890). Extinct in both Holbrook Park and Old Hall Wood, where it used to occur (Henry Miller, v.v. 21 July 1921).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 27-30mm, female 34-39mm, Wingspan 55-89mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Female - Scotland (v.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male - Scotland (v.2004) © M Deans
Inverness-shire (1.v.2004) © L Gregory
Egg batch found on outer twig of young Birch tree - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (1.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Larva reared from egg batch found in May - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
Female reared from eggs found on Birch in 2011. Hatched March 2012 - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (2012) © Neil Sherman
Male reared from eggs found on Birch in 2011. Hatched March 2012 - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Mating pair both reared from eggs found on Birch in 2011. Hatched April 2013 - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (2013) © Neil Sherman