The Moths of Suffolk
2018 Scarce Chocolate-tip, Clostera anachoreta, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

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

Larval foodplants :

Records : Waldringfield (3.viii.1956), Southwold (J Clarke, 4.viii.1976).

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk

Aston's Additions : Specimen caught by Mr. E. W. Platten during 1898 at Ipswich in a light trap facing S.W. (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. IV. pt. IV, p. 256). Woodbridge, 1946-47 taken by the Reverend H. A. Harris and the specimen exhibited at Woodbridge on December lst, 1947 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VI, pt. II, p.61). Caught by Mr. Alfred Waller in a telephone-kiosk at Waldringfield, near Woodbridge, 3.viii.1956 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. X, pt. 1, p. 44).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-19mm, Wingspan 36-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultSmall Chocolate-tip, Clostera pigra
Chocolate-tip, Clostera curtula

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Caught by K. Redshaw - Lydd, Kent (30.vii.2005) © M Deans

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Trapped by D. Grundy - Dungeness, Kent (2.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman