The Moths of Suffolk
1775 Mottled Grey, Colostygia multistrigaria, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Heathland, grassland and woodland clearings

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to mid-May

Larval foodplants : Various bedstraws

Records : Belstead (H Chipperfield & C W Pierce, 11.iv.1963), Market Weston Fen (M Hall, 1990), Kings Forest (R Eley, 1996), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994-5), Eriswell (S Dumican, 1998-9), Knettishall Heath (M Hall, 1999-2000), Sicklesmere (S Dumican, 1999), Elveden (S Dumican, 1999-2001, 2003-4, 2006-7), Icklingham (S Dumican, 1999-2000), Brandon (G Austin, 2001), Upper Hollesley (SMG, 2004), Wordwell (SMG, 2005), Dunwich Heath (C Moore, 2005), Alderton (A Aldous, 2006), Euston (S Dumican, 2006), Hollesley (N Mason, 2007), Bawdsey (M Deans, 2007)

Comments : Predominantly known from the Brecks, but almost certainly an under-recorded species due to its early flight period. A record in 2004 from the Sandlings may hint at a more widespread presence in this area.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very seldom seen. Rare in Yarmouth gardens before 1834 (Paget) five at sallow-blossom near Ipswich on 23 March 1861 (Ent. Wk. Intell. x, 27); Tuddenham and Aldeburgh (Wrt); Bentley (Ml) Woods on 24 April 1893 (Mly); Belstead in March 1894 (Hkg); Waldringfield, one on garden door in March 1933 (Trans. ii, 185). In 1936 at Benacre Wood (Gd); Lowestoft (Btn) and Fritton marshes on 31 March (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 26-31mm


Confusion species : None

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Upper Hollesley, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wordwell, Suffolk (18.iii.2005) © Lee Gregory