The Moths of Suffolk
2020 Figure of Eight, Diloba caeruleocephala, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Hedgerows, woodland, gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives late September to mid-November

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn, hawthorns, Crab Apple, wild roses and fruit trees

Records : Needham Market (C W Pierce, 1963), Ipswich (A Hubbard, 1984), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1986), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), Woodbridge (R Kendrick, 1994), Nowton (R Eley, 1995 & 2005), Stonham Aspal (J Foster, 1999)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely abundant on whitethorn; imagines from Sudbury to Gorleston in October.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-19mm, Wingspan 34-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultFigure of Eighty, Tethea ocularis
Poplar Lutestring, Tethea or

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South Mimms Services, Hertfordshire (16.x.2005) © Lee Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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South Mimms Services, Hertfordshire (15.x.2005) © M Deans
Trapped by P. Trigg - Harlow, Essex (18.x.2013) © Neil Sherman