The Moths of Suffolk
2019 Chocolate-tip, Clostera curtula, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, carr, poplar plantations

Flight Period : Double-brooded; April to May and late June to September

Larval foodplants : Aspen, poplars, sallows and willows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Now certainly a good deal commoner than the last kind, though not considered to be so by Bloomfield in 1890. Copdock at light in May 1896 (Hkg); Bentley about 1870 (Garrett) and bred thence in 1932-3 (Bp); occasionally at light in Ipswich, e.g. in April 1894 (Mly). Playford and Brandeston (Gr), and larva beaten at Stowmarket (C, Nat. 1858, 134). Needham (L), in 1922 (Platten). Aldeburgh (Hele). Norton Wood (Norgatc); and near Newmarket (Ent. Wk. Int. i, 155). Gorleston in 1925 (Mr); Lowestoft (Mitton) and Mildenhall (Gd.) in 1937.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-18mm, Wingspan 36-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultSmall Chocolate-tip, Clostera pigra
Scarce Chocolate-tip, Clostera anachoreta

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
28 100 1 43 25 1

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye ( © Paul Kitchener
Found between spun poplar leaves - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (6.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
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Beaten from Aspen (Populus tremula) - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman