The Moths of Suffolk
2031 White Satin Moth, Leucoma salicis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Poplar plantations, fens, carr

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Aspen, poplars, sallows and willows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Locally abundant in east Suffolk, especially along the coast, where we have heard of drowned imagine being washed up in myriads at Southwold, about 1926. Often at light in Ipswich; abundant at Beccles; Gorleston. Unnoted in west Suffolk up to 1890, though actually frequent in the Breck marshes, where it feeds on any Salicineae; pupae at Rushbrook (Norgate); larvae common on osiers at Sudbury in Spring of 1898 (Ransom).

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-27mm, Wingspan 43-60mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultReed Tussock, Laelia coenosa
Yellow-tail, Euproctis similis
Black V Moth, Arctornis l-nigrum

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Rendham (viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Larva raised from eggs laid by female trapped in 2009 - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Adult reared from eggs laid by female caught in 2009 - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (22.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2014) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Larva found in daytime resting position - Lakenheath, Suffolk (23.vi.2012) © A Prichard