The Moths of Suffolk
1734 July Belle, Scotopteryx luridata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Heathland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid June to July

Larval foodplants : Dyer's Greenweed, Gorse and Petty Whin

Records : Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 and 1995; R Harvey, 22.vi.2003), Walberswick (G & M Tordoff, 18.vii.1994), Lakenheath (R Parker, 15.vii.1995), St Olaves (N Crouch, 1997), Little Cornard (S Read, 28.vii.2000 & 30.vii.2001), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 17 & 26.vi.2002; D Brougham & C Moore, 6.vii.2005), Reydon (A Cornish, 1.viii.2004)

Comments : Is this an under-recorded species?

Morley's Final Catalogue : Distinctly local and never common, as in Hants, &c. Noted since 1890 at only Copdock in 1898 (Hkg); rarely in Bentley woods (Mly); several on Martlesham Heath in 1903 (Wlr); Aldeburgh (Ctw); and Lowestoft (Bloomfield).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-19mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSpanish Carpet, Scotopteryx peribolata
Lead Belle, Scotopteryx mucronata

Compare confusion species
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North Wales (vii.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Goslington Heath, Dorset (vii.1999) © N Sherman
Flushed by day from grassland full of Dyer's greenweed - Kom mountain, Bulgaria (6.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Synchnant Pass, Conwy, Caernarfonshire (21.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman