The Moths of Suffolk
1890 Sharp-angled Peacock, Macaria alternata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Coastal regions and the Sandlings

Habitats : Scrubby heathland , open broadleaved and coniferous woodland, fens, and coastal areas

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to mid-July and August

Larval foodplants : Sallows, willows, blackthorn, sea-buckthorn and alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not recorded in Suffolk in Morley's time he comments 'Sharp-angled Peacock is believed to occur nowhere in eastern England'

Aston's Additions : This presumably is the Semiothisa alternaria, Hubn., of Heslop, the Sharp-angled Peacock. In 1937. Mr. Morley excluded it on the authority of Bloomfield (1890, p. 5) but Richard South and H. M. Edelsten (1948) specify Suffolk. Our record is of one caught at mercury-vapour light on 3.v. 1952 by Messrs. J. and G. Burton in their Needham Market garden (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VIII, pt. II, p. 77).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 27-32mm


Confusion species
    AdultPeacock Moth, Macaria notata

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Rendham (16.viii.2002) © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (5.viii.2004) © Paul Kitchener
Minsmere, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Specimen not showing dark shading across wings - North warren, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman