The Moths of Suffolk
1952 Common Heath, Ematurga atomaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Common in heathland areas

Habitats : Heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to mid-August

Larval foodplants : heathers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent on all our heaths, though not often seen on those of Foxhall and Rushmere or elsewhere about Ipswich; common in 1919 at the Creeting Hills. Lound, Fritton and Belton (D, Mr). Abounds on the Breck: Tuddenham Fen, Barton Mills, &c. (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 22-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLatticed Heath, Chiasmia clathrata
Netted Mountain Moth, Macaria carbonaria

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Scotland (v.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman
Inverness-shire (22.v.2004) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman