The Moths of Suffolk
2025 Scarce Vapourer, Orgyia recens, (Hübner, 1819)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Heathland, damp woodland, fens and bogs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July, partial second brood August to October

Larval foodplants : hawthorns, oaks and sallows, also birches, Blackthorn, Rose, Bramble, Hazel, Heather, Alder Buckthorn, Meadowsweet, Common Sorrel and Rosebay Willowherb

Records : No recent records

Morley's Final Catalogue : Known only from Bentley, where several were assembled by means of a bred female (Garrett and H. A. Powles). Surely survives in our west Fens, if not our east Broads. Not rare in Norfolk marshes.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 13-17mm, female wingless, Wingspan male 34-40mm, female wingless


Confusion species
    AdultVapourer, Orgyia antiqua

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Norfolk (2007) © Stuart Read

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