The Moths of Suffolk
2017 Small Chocolate-tip, Clostera pigra, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Fens, marshes, broads, damp heathland, dune-slacks and moorland

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May and August

Larval foodplants : Creeping Willow and other low-growing willow species, such as Eared Willow, also Aspen

Records : No recent records

Comments : Probably locally extinct but may have been overlooked

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not very scarce and widely distributed, preferring a diet of our common aspen in woods, whereon the larva was taken at Raydon in mid-August 1894 (Mly.) Not uncommon at Brandeston, but not found at Playford (Gr, 1857); taken at Ringshall by W. Baker (C: Nat. 1858, 135). Subsequently it was discovered at Bentley where it would seem now extinct for forty years, Needham, Aldeburgh (Hele, 188) and as far west as Tuddenham, though never taken there by Sparke.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-14mm, Wingspan 24-28mm


Confusion species
    AdultScarce Chocolate-tip, Clostera anachoreta
Chocolate-tip, Clostera curtula

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Kent (vii.2003) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Poland (v.2004) © N Sherman