The Moths of Suffolk
1650 Scarce Hook-tip, Sabra harpagula, (Esper, 1786)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Woodland containing the foodplant

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Small-leaved Lime

Morley's Final Catalogue : The unique Suffolk representative was unrecognised for many years after its capture here, where Tilia parvifolia is local. That careful collector, "Dr. Bree had a specimen in his collection which he said he took at Stowmarket : we all thought it a variety of P. falcula until Mr. Meek detected it, when he purchased Dr. Bree's collection. I think it was then supposed to be the third British specimen." - W. H. Harwood of Colchester, in lit. (Bloomfield's Adds).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 36-42mm


Confusion species
    AdultPebble Hook-tip, Drepana falcataria
Dusky Hook-tip, Drepana curvatula

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Monmouthshire (vi.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Vysoky Ujzed, Czech Republic ( © Brian Jones
Trapped by Bill Last - Chepstow, Monmouthshire (vii.2015) © Neil Sherman