The Moths of Suffolk
1660 Frosted Green, Polyploca ridens, (Fabricius, 1787)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common in suitable habitats

Habitats : Mature woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to mid-May

Larval foodplants : Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Another early species, but a good deal more frequent than the last, with a broad distribution from Nayland on our southern border (Harwood), through Copdock in April (Hkg), Ipswich in 1902 (Platten) where it occurs rarely at lights by the Belstead-road in mid-April (Mly), Playford, Brandeston, Needham and Bury to West Stow. In the north-east it is observed only at the extremities of Lothingland, at Beccles (Crf) and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 36-40mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Newbourne Springs, Suffolk (22.iv.2005) © Lee Gregory
Eye, Suffolk (21.iv.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.iv.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener