The Moths of Suffolk
2033 Black Arches, Lymantria monacha, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Heathland with scrub trees, woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to early September

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate and Sessile Oaks mainly but also various other deciduous and coniferous trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Broadly distributed, and probably a good deal commoner than is generally supposed in all our larger oak-woods. Copdock and Redhouse Wood (Hkg); not rare in Bentley Woods, on oak-trunks, 1895 (Mly), 1918 (Platten), 1925 (D); Ipswich, by no means rare about Playford in 1858 (Gr), larvae on fir at Stowmarket (C), West Stow; larvae on fir at Tuddenham and Brandon (Vivian). Glemham Magna, Henham, Sotterley, Lowestoft, Worlingham, taken at Flixton near Bungay by Sir F. Adair (Tom's Records of Flixton 1915, p. 36); Benacre in 1936 (Gd), and a good number at light in Fritton Woods in Augusts 1933-5 (Tr. ii, ci).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 18-20mm, female 20-28mm, Wingspan 44-54mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGypsy Moth, Lymantria dispar

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (2.viii.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Dark banded form - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © N Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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Leaden Roding , Essex (17.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
Beaten from oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman