The Moths of Suffolk
1868 Lesser Treble-bar, Aplocera efformata, (Guenée, 1857)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Various, where the foodplant grows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; Suffolk records in June and September although literature gives May to June and August to September

Larval foodplants : St John's Worts

Records : Felixstowe (J Nicholls, 1996), Little Blakenham (SMG, 1996), Hollesley (RGT StLeger, 1992 and 1993), Ipswich (A Prichard, 1997), Eye (P Kitchener, 1996 and 1997), Barton Mills (J Clarke, 1997), Lackford (J Chainey and J Spence, 1996), Dunwich Forest (B Statham, 1993), Landguard (N Odin, 2001), Bungay (L Davis, 2002), Ringshall (A Toomey, 2003) and King's Forest (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 27.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless mixed with the last species (NB. Gorleston 24 June 1926.-CM.)

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 35-41mm


Confusion species
    AdultTreble-bar, Aplocera plagiata
Purple Treble-bar, Aplocera praeformata

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Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

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