The Moths of Suffolk
1759 Small Phoenix, Ecliptopera silaceata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and reasonably common

Habitats : Can be found in most places where its foodplant grows, often woodlands, heathland, fens, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; end of April to June and late July to August

Larval foodplants : Various willowherbs and Enchanter's Nightshade

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very local, and somewhat rare in certain woods: not at Bentley where is no Circaea. Raydon Wood (Garrett) in 1894 (Baylis) 1933 (Doughty) and 1934, when several occurred in felled Letheringham Park (Mly). Before 1890 at Ipswich, Needham and Stowmarket. as well as Beccles (Crf) and Fritton in 1929 (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWater Carpet, Lampropteryx suffumata
Phoenix, Eulithis prunata
Netted Carpet, Eustroma reticulatum
Broken-barred Carpet, Electrophaes corylata

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Kent (vi.2005) © S Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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North Cove, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © A Prichard