The Moths of Suffolk
1902 Brown Silver-line, Petrophora chlorosata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Common to very abundant in heathland areas, Brecks and Sandlings, wherever bracken grows

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, fens, scrub, grassland where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to August

Larval foodplants : Bracken

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant wherever bracken grows, especially in woods. Always in profusion at Bentley in June; also noted at Playford, Needham, Stowmarket, Monks park Wood; Tuddenham, Brandon ; Aldeburgh, Wangford, Beccles, Herringfleet, Fritton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 31-37mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.v.2009) © Neil Sherman