The Moths of Suffolk
1968 Yellow Belle, Semiaspilates ochrearia, (Rossi, 1794)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Common in coastal and Breckland areas

Habitats : Coastal habitats, heathland and grassland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to early July and late July to September

Larval foodplants : Various low-growing herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite frequent in all sandy places near Ipswich, along the coast, and in the Breck. Bentley (Hkg); Ipswich at light, and Felixstow (Baylis); Foxhall, Playford, plentiful at Hemley and Waldringfield; Aldeburgh, Leiston, Sizewell denes, Sotterly, Southwold, Kessingland; Belton and Gorleston. Many at Tuddenham light, Mildenhall in 1931,Worlington in 1934, Elveden and Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-16mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultVestal, Rhodometra sacraria
Straw Belle, Aspitates gilvaria

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Eye (27.v.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night searching acid grassland - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman
Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath (v.2003) © N Sherman
Dark variety - Easton Broad, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Dunwich (16.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Found at night on Nottingham catchfly seedheads - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Female, reared from larva, hatched late August - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female, reared from larva, hatched late August - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Male, reared from larva, hatched late August - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman