The Moths of Suffolk
1755 Chevron, Eulithis testata, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common

Habitats : Heathland, scrub, fens and woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to mid-September, a few early records in June

Larval foodplants : Sallows, willows, aspen and probably poplar

Comments : Occurs most frequently in the coastal area but also common at inland fen sites. Occasional records elsewhere in the county. It can appear at light in some numbers where it is present. It does not appear to favour the Breckland heaths.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of frequent occurrence everywhere about heaths, feeding on ling, and woods, on sallow. Recently noticed at Bentley Woods, Brandeston, at Monks Soham light, Beccles, Barnby, North Cove, Fritton and abundantly in Tuddenham Fen.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-19mm, Wingspan 34-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultNorthern Spinach, Eulithis populata

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (30.viii.2002) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Tulloch Moor, Inverness-shire (6.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
Male - Tulloch Moor, Inverness-shire (6.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman