The Moths of Suffolk
1657 Common Lutestring, Ochropacha duplaris, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread at scattered localities around the county

Habitats : Heathland, open woodland and scrub where birch grows

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

Larval foodplants : various species of birch

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local in woods and marshes. Bentley, Easton, Needham, bred at Stowmarket (C), Monks-park Wood in Whelnetham; Lakenheath; Beccles: before 1890. Later noted only in Bentley Woods, where it was fairly frequently beaten from trees during June-July 1893-7 (Mly); Blythburgh Wood (Gd). It is sure to occur at Fritton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 25-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSatin Lutestring, Tetheella fluctuosa

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (30.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Found between spun Birch leaves - Tulloch Moor, Inverness-shire (5.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Bred from larva found 2012, hatched June 2013 - Tulloch Moor, Inverness-shire (5.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (24.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener