The Moths of Suffolk
2000 Iron Prominent, Notodonta dromedarius, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, broad-leaved woodland, scrub, fens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to June and a larger second brood from late July to August

Larval foodplants : Birches Alder, also Hazel, oaks and sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bred at Playford in April 1857 (Gr, Ent. Wk. Int. ii, 11; not in Nat.). Fifty larvae at Tuddenham (Entom. ii, 340) Fen, feeding on birch (Wrt, Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 220) and pupae there in 1900 (Sparke); Brandon (Wm). Uncommon and usually found singly elsewhere: Bentley (Ml), in Old Hall wood (Hkg) Blythburgh in 1936 (Gd) ; Beccles (Mr) and Oulton Broad (Trans. ii, 297); rare at Lound (Paget), Fritton, Belton (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-24mm, Wingspan 42-50mm


Confusion species
    AdultLarge Dark Prominent, Notodonta torva

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Darker northern form - Lynachlaggan, Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve, Inverness-shire (25.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman