The Moths of Suffolk
2063 Muslin Moth, Diaphora mendica, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and generally common

Habitats : Open areas in woodland, grassland, gardens and hedgerows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to mid-June

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local and infrequent; commoner in certain years, e.g. 1933. Bentley Woods (Baylis, Mly); Washbrook (Hkg); Bawdsey (D); occasionally at Hemley and Waldringfield (Wlr); Monks Soham garden (Mly); Hepworth (Kirkby); Beccles (Gls); Sotterley (Gd); Gorleston in 1921 (Mr), Bradwell and Hopton (D), in Lothingland : cf. Trans. ii, 184 and 290.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 14-17mm, female 17-19mm, Wingspan 30-43mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda
Buff Ermine, Spilosoma luteum
Water Ermine, Spilosoma urticae

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (5.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Thetford (7.v.2003) © L Gregory
Thetford, Norfolk (28.iv.2007) © Lee Gregory
 
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Female found by day - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (21.v.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.iv.2017) © Paul Kitchener