The Moths of Suffolk
2015 Lunar Marbled Brown, Drymonia ruficornis, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and reasonably frequent

Habitats : Woodland, heathland with scrub oaks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May

Larval foodplants : Oaks

Morley's Final Catalogue : In Mr. Kirby's garden at Barham (Sparhall in Steph. Illust. ii, 1828, p. 30). Larva and some pupae at Playford (Ent. Wk. Int. 1857, 11); a few larvae annually 1852-8 near Stowmarket (Nat. 1858, 132); Brandeston by Greene (Bloomfield). Apparently somewhat local in Suffolk, mainly around Ipswich where a few came to light in mid-April 1894 (Mly, Pyett); a pair at Copdock at light in mid-May 1895 and 1898 (Hkg); Bentley before 1890 (Garrett, Ml). Elsewhere it is known before 1890 at only Bury (Wrt), and Beccles (Crf). Sotterly and Cavenham, many at light in June 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-20mm, Wingspan 38-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMarbled Brown, Drymonia dodonaea

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day on Oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Lakenheath (14.iv.2004) © L Gregory
Thetford, Norfolk (24.iv.2007) © Lee Gregory
 
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Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk (29.iv.2010) © Brian Jones