The Moths of Suffolk
2059 Clouded Buff, Diacrisia sannio, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Predominantly found in the Brecks, colony in Minsmere, Westleton, Dunwich area and scattered at low density elsewhere

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; all recent Suffolk records in June

Larval foodplants : Heathers, various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very local; never seen through forty years (Mly). Foxhall Heath; Blaxhall; Mildenhall and Tuddenham in Breck; Herringfleet and Belton in NE. (ante 1890). Tuddenham, Cavenham, Icklingham (Sparke) and Downham (Norgate), in Breck about 1900. Belton Heath, very rare in August 1927 (Mr); Blythburgh (Btn) and Fritton in 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 19-22mm, female 17-20mm, Wingspan 35-50mm


Confusion species : None

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Wordwell, Suffolk ( © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Barnhamcross Common ( © A Prichard
Female - Barnhamcross common, Suffolk (2.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Upper Hollesley Heath ( © L Gregory
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Male - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman