The Moths of Suffolk
1788 Scarce Tissue, Rheumaptera cervinalis, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and uncommon

Habitats : Hedgerows, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to June

Larval foodplants : Barbery and cultivated varieties of Berberis

Comments : This species appears to be utilising garden varieties of Berberis and becoming more widespread in the county.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Still very local, though discovered to occur in 1900 quite plentifully in Skepper and Wratislaw's locality at Bury (Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 220) by Sparke; a fine series was taken there by our Members, De Worms and Doughty in May 1934-5 (Ent. lxviii, 81), Needham (L); rare and intermittent in Waldringfield at light there 27 April 1935 (Wlr). In Beccles, 1937 (Gls).

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-22mm, Wingspan 42-48mm


Confusion species
    AdultTissue, Triphosa dubitata
Irish Annulet, Odontognophos dumetata

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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