The Moths of Suffolk
1882 Small Seraphim, Pterapherapteryx sexalata, (Retzius, 1783)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Fens, wet woodland, scrub, fens, heathland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June; July to early August

Larval foodplants : Sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Still scarce and local; perhaps overlooked. Belstead (Pyett, Hkg); singly at electric light in Ipswich during July 1895 (Mly); Playford (Gr); Stowmarket (C); Worlingham Park (Crf).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-12mm, Wingspan 22-26mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Tangham Forest, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman