The Moths of Suffolk
1653 Buff Arches, Habrosyne pyritoides, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and a frequent visitor to light during its flight period

Habitats : Open woodland, heathland, scrub, gardens, grassland where bramble grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Bramble

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed from Copdock to Gorleston and doubtless quite common, though records since 1890 are sparse. Frequent to the west of Ipswich in 1893-5 (Pyett, Baylis) ; Martlesham (D); Waldringfield (James, Wlr); rarely seen at Monks Soham, but sometimes eaten there by bats (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 40-44mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman