The Moths of Suffolk
2005 Great Prominent, Peridea anceps, (Goeze, 1781)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local, not uncommon where it occurs

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, heathland with scrub oaks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to mid-June

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Eggs and pupae tolerably plentiful at Playford (Gr, Nat. viii, 131; Ent. Wk. Int. ii, 1857, 11); Woolverstone (lib. cit. iii, 1857, 22); larvae and pupae found sparingly round Stowmarket (B & C 1858). Nayland; Copdock at light, and eggs in Bentley Woods (Hkg); on oak-trunks there in mid-May 1925 (Mly). Bramford and Helmingham in 1900 (Sparke); Needham (L); Henham, Sotterly; Flixton and Worlingham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 23-32mm, Wingspan 52-72mm


Confusion species
    AdultLobster Moth, Stauropus fagi
Large 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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Reared from egg laid by captive female - Hollesley, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Kent (24.iv.2004) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk (15.v.2015) © Neil Sherman