The Moths of Suffolk
1754 Phoenix, Eulithis prunata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread but sporadic

Habitats : Woodlands, gardens and allotments where foodplant grows

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

Larval foodplants : Black Currant, Red Currant and Gooseberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Considered somewhat common in 1890. I have never seen it here (Morley). "Very common in a Sudbury garden" (Bloomfield's Adds.); Copdock in 1896 (Hkg) ; twelve at Yoxford on 21 August 1895 (Pyett); Beccles, Fritton and Gorleston, 1923-35 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-19mm, Wingspan 37-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWater Carpet, Lampropteryx suffumata

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Thurston (16.vii.2002) © P Bryant

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Surrey (19.vi.2004) © L Gregory
North Cove, Suffolk (23.vi.2006) © A Prichard
Bawdsey, Suffolk (20.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (14.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman