The Moths of Suffolk
2076 Kent Black Arches, Meganola albula, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to coastal areas

Habitats : Coastal heathland, grassland, shingle beaches

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to early August

Larval foodplants : Dewberry, Bramble, Raspberry, Wild Strawberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk

Aston's Additions : First Suffolk capture was by Mr. Chipperfield at Knodishall on 1.viii.1948 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VI, part III, p. 243) and it is now known from Easton Broad, Reydon, Walberswick and Aldeburgh. It has extended its " Kent to Devon " (Morley, 1937) range.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-11mm, Wingspan 18-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Black Arches, Nola aerugula

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Pale specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Tattingstone, Suffolk (13.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (9.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vii.2014) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman