The Moths of Suffolk
2003 Pebble Prominent, Notodonta ziczac, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, scrub, fens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to mid-June and late June tolate August

Larval foodplants : Sallows, willows, Aspen, poplars, cultivated varities of poplar

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not very frequent. Bred at Stowmarket in 1854 (C) ; occasionally at both Playford and Brandeston (Gr: Nat. 1858, 111). Ipswich, Leiston, Lound; Needham and Tuddenham: before 1890. At light at Copdock in May 1896 (Hkg) and at elecric light in Ipswich (Mly, Baylis, Pyett); Martlesham (D), recently at Blythburgh (Mly), Beccles and Gorleston (Mr), Hopton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-24mm, Wingspan 42-52mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultThree-humped Prominent, Notodonta tritophus

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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North Cove, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Dark tipped form - Ickworth, Suffolk (iv.2004) © N Sherman
Thetford (26.v.2001) © L Gregory
 
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Beaten from Aspen (Populus tremula) - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Burgh Castle , Suffolk (19.iv.2011) © Brian Jones
North warren, Suffolk (9.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found feeding on Crack willow - Pound Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk (15.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman
Trapped during exceptionally mild spell in December 2015 - Ipswich, Suffolk (17.xii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (13.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener