The Moths of Suffolk
1645 Scalloped Hook-tip, Falcaria lacertinaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Common in the Brecks, Sandlings and the north-east of the county

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded. First brood from April to mid June, merging into second brood from late June to mid-September. The second brood is much larger than the first. Moths may be found at any time from April through to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Birch

Morley's Final Catalogue : Certainly local and uncommon, but hardly rare. A few specimens taken by beating at Playford (Gr, Ent. Wk. Int. ii, 1857, 11); larvae in woods near both Ipswich and Stowmarket (C, Nat. viii, 1858, 81). Bentley in May 1894 and July 1896 (Hkg); in the woods there upon rare occasions in May, up to 1903 (Mly). Blythburgh in 1936 (Gd). Found at both West Stow and Tuddenham, before 1890 (Wrt); not observed later in west Suffolk.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 34-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBeautiful Hook-tip, Laspeyria flexula

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Eye (26.vii.2002) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest, Hampshire (18.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
First site record - Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (17.v.2015) © Paul Kitchener