The Moths of Suffolk
1951 Grey Birch, Aethalura punctulata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland, heathland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to early July

Larval foodplants : birches and Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite common on oak-trunks in all sylvan places during May. Bentley Woods, always abundant; Freston, Holbrook-park; Worlingham; Fritton. Woolpit Wood (Pyett ; Tuddenham Fen in 1916, Barton Mills in 1922, Mildenhall in 1934.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 30-35mm


Confusion species
    AdultDotted Carpet, Alcis jubata
Brussels Lace, Cleorodes lichenaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (10.v.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman