The Moths of Suffolk
1999 Lobster Moth, Stauropus fagi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local and not uncommon

Habitats : Mature woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Birches, Hazel, oaks and Beech. Also reported from Alder, Blackthorn, Apple, Dog-rose and limes

Morley's Final Catalogue : Wide spread, but quite rare with us, occurring nearly always singly:unknown here in 1858. Holbrook (Garrett); Bentley (Ml); Ipswich (Entom. 1871, 452); larva once beaten by Lingwood in Shrubland.Park (Platten). Two at Mildenhall in 1935 (Btn); one in sandy lane at Tuddenham St. Mary in 1901 (Blair); I beat a single larva in 1911 at West Stow, where Mr. Wratislaw obtained the species forty years ago, but the insect must be very rare in west Suffolk (Nurse). At light in woods during 1937 Belstead (Btn) and Sotterly (Mitton).

Wingspan details : Forewing 24-33mm, Wingspan 55-70mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGreat Prominent, Peridea anceps
Dark Tussock, Dicallomera fascelina
Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda

Compare confusion species
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Ramsey Wood, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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F. obscura - Kent (16.vii.2005) © M Deans
Woolpit, Suffolk (v.2007) © Paul Bryant
f. obscura - New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman
First site record - Bawdsey, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Barnhamcross common, Suffolk (10.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (8.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman