The Moths of Suffolk
1923 Feathered Thorn, Colotois pennaria, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to November

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees - found locally on buckthorn, hawthorn, oak, elm and Hazel

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent everywhere in October, but little noted through the late date. Recently observed at Bentley Woods, freely at Ipswich lights; Aldeburgh (D), Belton (Wiltshire) ; annually at Monks Soham light in November 1907-34.

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-23mm, Wingspan 46-50mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScalloped Oak, Crocallis elinguaria
Orange Moth, Angerona prunaria

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Rendham (19.x.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lineage Wood (25.v.2003) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2003) © N Sherman
Rendham (20.x.2002) © L Gregory
 
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larva on Silver Birch - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (9.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
larva on Oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (9.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (15.x.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Darker specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (26.x.2009) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Crack willow - Knettishall heath, Suffolk (30.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.x.2015) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (8.xii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener