The Moths of Suffolk
1889 Peacock Moth, Macaria notata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Common in the Brecks and Sandlings, scattered records elsewhere

Habitats : Heathland with scrub, open broadleaved and coniferous woodland, fens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to early July and late July to early September

Larval foodplants : Birch

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much less 'rare' than' was thought in 1890 and one would expect at the north-east extremity of its English range. Bentley before 1890 (Ml) Woods, always plentiful in early June 1893-1903 (Mly, Pyett, Baylis, Platten, Hkg), 1932-3 (Bp.) and in 1934 (Trans. ii, p. clxxvi); Playford (Gr); Beecles (Crf); Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 28-32mm


Confusion species
    AdultSharp-angled Peacock, Macaria alternata

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
23 61 32 100

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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2nd Generation - VC25 Belton 9 Acre Wood, Suffolk (12.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
1st Generation - VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk ( © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
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Dunwich Forest, Suffolk ( © A Prichard