The Moths of Suffolk
1736 Royal Mantle, Catarhoe cuculata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly localised to the Brecks, occasional records from along the Waveney valley

Habitats : Grassland mainly on chalky soils and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Lady's and Hedge Bedstraws

Records : Mildenhall (Baron de Worms,; H Chipperfield & C W Pierce, 7.vii.1963; H Chipperfield, 1964), Icklingham (19.vii.1965), West Stow (C Smith, 1985; SMG, 2000), Blundeston (M Gould, 1990), Brandon (M Hall, 1990), Wortham Ling (M Hall, 1991), Barrow (A Parr, 1992), Lakenheath (R Parker, 1995; P Horsnail 1999 & 2001; A Main, 2002), Kings Forest (R Eley, 1996; S Dumican 1999; SMG, 2004), Eye (P Kitchener, 1998 and 1999), Knettishall Heath (SMG, 1998; M Hall 1999, 2001 and 2003), Beck Row (SMG, 1998), Barnham (SMG, 1999 & 2003), Barnhamcross Common (SMG, 2001 & 2004), Wordwell (9.vii.2005), Elveden (G Finch, 10.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Confined with us, for no very obvious reason, to the north-west Breck and there local. Thetford; Tuddenham (Vivian), where Meek found three larvae in 1884 (Ent. xvii, 278); and Ampton, larvae common in 1909 (Nurse). Brandon, in 1937 (Hawley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-14mm, Wingspan 26-30mm


Confusion species : None

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Barnhamcross Common (vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wordwell, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman
Wordwell, Kings forest, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman