The Moths of Suffolk
1879 Seraphim, Lobophora halterata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to mid-June

Larval foodplants : Aspen, Black-poplar and occasionally cultivated varieties of poplar

Morley's Final Catalogue : Commoner than formerly, though by no means general, and very sparse in the west. Thrice at Copdock in 1894 (Hkg); Bentley (Harwood, Ml) Woods in 1896 (Baylis) and in some numbers on oak-trunks during 1929-33 there, where it probably feeds on aspen (Mly, D). Playford, Needham, Stowmarket. Flying by day at Mildenhall in 1933-37 (Gd). Bungay, (Mn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 29-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEarly Tooth-striped, Trichopteryx carpinata

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2004) © N Sherman
Banded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (17.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman