The Moths of Suffolk
1677 Birch Mocha, Cyclophora albipunctata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly heathland areas with birch, but also other areas with birch

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and July to August, although occasionally recorded in April, June and September

Larval foodplants : Birch

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite widespread, but always infrequent. Several at Copdock (Hkg); not rare in Bentley Woods in May (Harwood, Pyett); Belstead, and Freston (Freeman); Playford (Gr); Swefling (Peek). In Blythburgh Wood in 1931 (Mly). Rare at Mildenhall (Sparke).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-14mm, Wingspan 25-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDingy Mocha, Cyclophora pendularia

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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F. subroseata - Rendlesham, Suffolk (v.2004) © N Sherman
Thetford (8.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Co. Kerry, Ireland (12.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans
VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (30.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Female - Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (29.v.2013) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Birch saplings - Great Martin's wood, Suffolk (21.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman