The Moths of Suffolk
2008 Coxcomb Prominent, Ptilodon capucina, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to June and July to early September

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Wide spread, in at least the east, and not rare; usually taken by casual beating hedges. Sudbury in 1898, Copdock, occasionally at Ipswich lights, Playford (Ent. Wk. Int. 1857, 11), Martlesham, Needham, larvae on lime at Monks Soham, Aldeburgh, Corton cliffs in 1898, Fritton 1933; Lound (Paget)

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-22mm, Wingspan 40-50mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMaple Prominent, Ptilodon cucullina

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Thetford, Norfolk (27.iv.2007) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (6.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Thetford, Norfolk (27.iv.2007) © Lee Gregory
 
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Beaten from birch (Betula) - Friday Street, Suffolk (6.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Tattingstone, Suffolk (20.vii.2011) © Brian Jones
Beaten from Hazel - Grove Farm, Thurston, Suffolk (19.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener