The Moths of Suffolk
2011 Pale Prominent, Pterostoma palpina, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including woodland, heathland, fens, scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Aspen, poplars and willows

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means infrequent at light in August, through at least Copdock by way of Ipswich (since September 1891, Mly).Playford (Enit. Wk. Int. 1856, 164), Martlesham (D), Monks Soham where it is attracted by light annually, Wangford in 1937 (Baker) and Beccles, to Belton and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-25mm, Wingspan 42-60mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye (25.iv.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Thetford (26.v.2001) © L Gregory
Needham Market, Suffolk (4.v.2006) © A Prichard
 
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VC25 Burgh Castle, Suffolk (16.v.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.iv.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (25.iv.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener