The Moths of Suffolk
1778 May Highflyer, Hydriomena impluviata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common where suitable habitat exists

Habitats : Damp woodland, alder carr, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early July

Larval foodplants : Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means common, though perhaps wide spread. Very rarely seen around Ipswich, bred on 2 May 1983 and 14 March 1900 (Mly); Playford (Gr, Ent. Wk. Int. ii, 1857, 11); recently at Gorleston (Mr), Fritton and Belton (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 30-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultJuly Highflyer, Hydriomena furcata
Ruddy Highflyer, Hydriomena ruberata

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Eye (26.v.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.vi.2010) © A Prichard
North Cove, Suffolk (11.vi.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (9.v.2011) © Neil Sherman