The Moths of Suffolk
2010 Scarce Prominent, Odontosia carmelita, (Esper, 1799)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Mature birch woods

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to early May

Larval foodplants : Silver Birch and Downy Birch

Records : No recent records

Morley's Final Catalogue : This central European Prominent is as rare in Britain as the last one, but ranges northward to the Clyde. With us it has not been observed since the Revd. Joseph Greene wrote of it at Playford. "One larva, which however unhappily died. It is curious that, though generally successful in finding the pupae of this genus, I never succeeded in meeting with one of this species ". (The Naturalist viii, 1858, p. 110), whence its actual rarity in our County may be argued.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 44-52mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Kent (iv.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Inverness-shire (1.v.2004) © L Gregory
Inverness-shire (1.v.2004) © L Gregory
Poiana brasov, Carpathian mountains, Romania (v.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female found by day at rest on telegraph pole - Drumcroy Hill, Perthshire (29.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Reared from eggs laid by female caught at light - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (29.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Male - Granish Moor, Inverness-shire (29.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Inshriach forest, Inverness-shire (9.v.2014) © Neil Sherman