The Moths of Suffolk
2007 Swallow Prominent, Pheosia tremula, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland with scrub, fens, broadleaved woodland and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Aspen, poplars, willows and sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : His 'Notodonta Tremula' is considered to be rare about Yarmouth by Paget in 1834; though actually this species is a good deal commoner with us and its pupa more frequently dug than the last one, especially at Ipswich lights in August. Copdock, Waldringfield ; Playford (Ent. Wk. Intell. i, 1856 164); uncommon about Stowmarket in 1857 (C); Martlesham; Yoxford, Blythbro', Aldeburgh, Lowestoft, Gorleston. Tuddenham (Sparke); a half-dozen at light near.Barton Mills in May 1934 (Ent. 1935, 81).

Wingspan details : Forewing 22-28mm, Wingspan 50-64mm


Confusion species
    AdultLesser Swallow Prominent, Pheosia gnoma

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (25.iv.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25 , Burgh Castle, Suffolk (27.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
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Reared from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2011) © Neil Sherman