The Moths of Suffolk
1680 Maiden's Blush, Cyclophora punctaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to early July and mid-July to September

Larval foodplants : Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed but uncommon everywhere. Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Dennington and Aldeburgh to Beccles, extending north-west through Stowmarket and Bury to Mildenhall. In mixed hedges at Weston and Blythburgh, but unknown in Lothingland.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 25-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultClay Triple-lines, Cyclophora linearia

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (31.viii.2003) © Paul Kitchener
Aberrant female - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Found on Oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2002) © N Sherman
 
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Thetford (8.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (7.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found resting on tree stump by day - Lower Hollesley Common, Suffolk (v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Beaten from oak (Quercus) - Friday Street, Suffolk (6.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Individual with different markings on opposite wings - Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Oak - Old Hall Wood, Suffolk (21.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (30.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener