The Moths of Suffolk
1897 V-moth, Macaria wauaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Gardens and allotments, open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives July to August, but all recent Suffolk records have occurred in July

Larval foodplants : Black Currant, Red Currant and Gooseberry

Records : Ringshall (A Toomey, 1997), Bawdsey (N Edacott, 1978), Bramford (S Ling, 1994), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1988), Ipswich (G List, 1986; A Hubbard, 1985 to 1986; N Sherman, 1994, 1996, 3.vii.1997, 12.vii.1997,; J Higgott, vii.1998), Needham Market (C Pierce, 1970), Flowton (A Hubbard, 19.vii.1986), Southwold (J Clarke, 27 & 28.vii.1976), Euston (S Dumican, 2006-7), Elveden (G Finch, 10.vii.2007)

Comments : In recent years would appear to be less frequent than previously. There is some suggestion that actinic lights may be more effective at attracting this species.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite frequent in all urban and suburban gardens throughout the County; but, as it certainly.does not occur in those of the more rural districts, it might be suspected of new-importation if it did not occur in the depths of the New Forest, as is the case

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 27-34mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Aldeby, Norfolk (9.vii.2011) © Brian Jones
Larva found by Brian Jones - Norfolk ( © A Prichard