The Moths of Suffolk
1904 Scorched Wing, Plagodis dolabraria, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broadleaved woodland, heathland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Oaks, Birch, also sallows, beech and sweet chestnut

Morley's Final Catalogue : Now much rarer than in last century, when it was known at Bentley, Ipswich, Brandeston, Stowmarket, Woolpit, Hardwick and West Stow, as well as at Beccles. The last fifty years have shown single examples at Bentley in 1895 (Pyett); Belstead and Copdock (Hkg); Barton Mills, beaten bushes on 18 June 1901 (Mly); Lowestoft (Campbell-Taylor); and sitting on a Barsham tree trunk on 31 May 1934 (Trans. ii, 292). One bred in April 1935 from autumn larva in Waldringfield garden (Wlr); and one at Reydon (Baker). Henham and Holton at light (Btn), Cavenham (Gd), Fritton (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 34-38mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye (27.v.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk ( © Matthew Deans
Lynford, Norfolk ( © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman