The Moths of Suffolk
2026 Vapourer, Orgyia antiqua, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Open woodland, fens, scrub, grassland, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to October

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs - found locally on lime and Alder

Morley's Final Catalogue : Ubiquitous, but not very often seen; flies wildly before thunder. Recently noted at Barton Mills, Blythburgh Wood Monks Soham, Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 12-17mm, female wingless, Wingspan male 35-38mm, female wingless

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Vapourer, Orgyia recens

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Groton Wood (17.viii.2001) © A Prichard
Egg cluster on tree-trunk - Minsmere (24.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Egg covered cocoon and female - Tunstall (30.vii.2001) © A Prichard
 
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On buckthorn - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © A Prichard
On hawthorn (Crataegus) - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Female found on cocoon laying eggs. - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female found on cocoon laying eggs. - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Aspen (Populus tremula) - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Beaten from Aspen (Populus tremula) - Hinderclay Fen, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (6.iii.2011) © A Prichard