The Moths of Suffolk
2078 Least Black Arches, Nola confusalis, (Herrich-Schäffer, 1847)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Sparsely distributed in the east & centre. Bentley, Needham, Blaxhall (ante 1890). Bentley Woods in May and June 1894, May 1895 and June 1898 (Hkg) ; Ipswich in 1896 (Pyett); Hemley at light (Wlr); Monks Soham garden, rare, 1908-21 (Mly); Blythburgh Wood, May 1937 (Gd, Btn); Wangford Wood and Fritton Lake, May 1937 (Baker).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 16-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Black Arches, Meganola strigula
Scarce Black Arches, Nola aerugula
Jersey Black Arches, Nola chlamitulalis

Compare confusion species
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Bawdsey (v.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Unseasonal specimen - Bawdsey, Suffolk (17.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans