The Moths of Suffolk
1967 Straw Belle, Aspitates gilvaria, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Chalk downland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Thyme, cinquefoils, Wild Parsnip and other low-growing plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk bounds this species' north-eastern range in England; and here it appears somewhat decadent, for there are no observations since 1890. However, before that period, 'though scarce,' it was noticed about Ipswich (Garrett) ; Felixstow (C); Newmarket (J. H. A. Jenner) and Tuddenham (Skepper), where the Browns found it 'very plentiful in clover fields in July.'

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 32-39mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultVestal, Rhodometra sacraria
Yellow Belle, Semiaspilates ochrearia

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Kent (viii.2002) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Kent (14.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Blars, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman