The Moths of Suffolk
2009 Maple Prominent, Ptilodon cucullina, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, grassland and heathland with scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-May to mid-July and late July to early September

Larval foodplants : Field Maple, less frequently on Sycamore and cultivated maples

Morley's Final Catalogue : This rare central European Prominent ranges northward from southern England to only Leicester and Norfolk. With us it occurs but singly, at long intervals. One bred at Playford in March 1857 (Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 11). Six or seven taken during the last few years by W. Baker, and two larvae beaten in 1857, within a few miles of Stowmarket (C, Nat. viii, 109 and 183). Aldeburgh (Wrt, Ent. ii, 1870, 340). Needham (L). One beautiful example taken by myself on nettles close beside the river Deben's creek at Martlesham in 1900 (C. G. Doughty).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-20mm, Wingspan 37-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCoxcomb Prominent, Ptilodon capucina

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Thetford (19.v.2001) © L Gregory
Beaten from Field Maple (Acer campestre) - Reydon Wood, Suffolk (12.ix.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Beaten from Field Maple (Acer campestre) - Reydon Wood, Suffolk (12.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener