The Moths of Suffolk
1947 Engrailed, Ectropis bistortata, (Goeze, 1781)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, heathland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; March to mid-May and mid-June to August, occasional third-brood September

Larval foodplants : Various woody plants - found locally on field maple

Morley's Final Catalogue : Morley does not distinguish this species from Small Engrailed. Our most local species ; almost unnoticed for thirty years. Apparently confined, for some occult reason, to the Breck: Mildenhall (Wrt) in 1934 (Btn) and 1936 (Gd); Brandon, very plentiful on fir and larch trunks in May, and Tuddenham (Vivian); on fir trunks at Tuddenham, in 1900 (Sparke).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-22mm, Wingspan 38-45mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRinged Carpet, Cleora cinctaria
Small Engrailed, Ectropis crepuscularia
Square Spot, Paradarisa consonaria
Brindled White-spot, Parectropis similaria

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (5.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman
Barton Mills, Suffolk (17.iii.2005) © Lee Gregory
 
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Eye, Suffolk (12.iv.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Summer brood - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2010) © Neil Sherman