The Moths of Suffolk
1917 Early Thorn, Selenia dentaria, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, heathland, fens, hedgerows and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hazel, birches, Alder, sallows and other woody broad-leaved plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of very frequent occurrence everywhere from Bentley Woods to Gorleston; occasionally at Monks Soham light in both April and July. Martlesham (D), Blythburgh (Gd), Herringfleet (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-23mm, Wingspan 40-51mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Maidscross Hill, Suffolk (14.iv.2004) © L Gregory
Summer brood. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
VC25 Burgh Castle, Suffolk (27.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.v.2013) © Neil Sherman
Bred from eggs laid by female caught May 2013 - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2013) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (19.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener