The Moths of Suffolk
1779 Ruddy Highflyer, Hydriomena ruberata, (Freyer, 1831)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Heathland, marshes, sallow carr and open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature states May to June

Larval foodplants : Broad-leaved willows

Records : Nowton (R Eley, 1988) and Barsham (N Muddeman, 2000)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently rare. Ipswich (Ml); Aldeburgh (Wrt); Stowmarket (C); Bury (Skepper); one at Tuddenham in 1901 (Sparke).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 32-37mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultJuly Highflyer, Hydriomena furcata
May Highflyer, Hydriomena impluviata

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Invernesshire (v.2005) © S Read

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Inverness-shire (30.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
Dalwhinnie Quarry, Inverness-shire (30.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Dalwhinnie Quarry, Inverness-shire (30.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dolomites, Italy (30.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman
Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire (11.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire (11.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female - Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire (11.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Larva raised from eggs laid by female - Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman