The Moths of Suffolk
1994 Buff-tip, Phalera bucephala, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early August

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs; birch, sallows, oaks, Hazel, Alder, limes, elms, Beech, Rowan, Hornbeam and Sycamore

Comments : Tends to appear late in the night at light

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very common in Suffolk, teste W. C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, Illus. ii, 1829, p. 197). Frequent here, as throughout southern England to Ross. Most usually feeding on lime; but imagines were taken amidst Raydon Wood in 1934, where is no lime (D). Rarely flies to light in Ipswich, Monks Soham, Aldeburgh, Blythburgh and Beccles. Lothingland (Wiltshire). Little noticed in west Suffolk: Woolpit in 1906 Rasor), &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 22-26mm, female 26-34mm, Wingspan 55-68mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


Click to view full size image
Eye (9.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
16 78 100 2

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupa imago ovalarvaimago larva larva pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Found on Oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2002) © N Sherman
Insh marshes, Inverness-shire (vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Group of caterpillars on Sallow. - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Caterpillar on Sallow. - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (21.v.2015) © Paul Kitchener