The Moths of Suffolk
1647 Barred Hook-tip, Watsonalla cultraria, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Found in the Brecks and Sandlings where its foodplant is present and scattered localities elsewhere

Habitats : Woodland, containing beech

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and mid-July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Beech

Morley's Final Catalogue : Decidedly local, as beech is not indigenous to Suffolk. Ipswich many years ago (Freeman, 1890); Needham (Skepper); taken by Mr. W..Baker at Ringshall and Battisford before 1858 (C, Nat. viii, 81); Tostock in 1902 (Tuck); Hardwick and Ampton (Wrt); Dalham (Skepper); Brandon (Wrn). Recently found by no one but Mr. Goddard, who beat it from bushes in Blythburgh Wood in 1936.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-17mm, Wingspan 24-33mm


Confusion species
    AdultOak Hook-tip, Watsonalla binaria

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Lower Hollesley, Suffolk (v.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
100 22 12 12

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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King's Forest (ix.2002) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman