The Moths of Suffolk
2014 Marbled Brown, Drymonia dodonaea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local, restricted mainly to Brecks and Sandlings areas

Habitats : Mature woodland, heathland and grassland with scrub oaks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early August

Larval foodplants : Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very plentiful in pupa state, two hundred dug in one week at Playford (Gr, Ent. Wk. Intel. i 1856, pp. 164, 173; ii, p. 11); Woolverstone (l.c. iii, 1857, 22; v, 30). larvae and pupae sparingly near Stowmarket (Nat. 1858, 133 and 183). Nayland; Bentley; Copdock in early June 1893 (Hkg); Ipswich before 1890; Martlesham about 1920 (D). Henham and Sotterley in 1935 (Btn); Beccles (Crf); Fritton in 1903 (Mn) and 1936 (Mr). West Stow; Tuddenham; a few at light near Barton Mills on 20 May 1934 (Ent. 1915, 81). Wangford 1937 (Baker).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 39-44mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLunar Marbled Brown, Drymonia ruficornis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (17.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
Very white example - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Very white example - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2009) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
f. nigrescens - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman