The Moths of Suffolk
2079 Scarce Black Arches, Nola aerugula, (Hübner, 1793)

National Status : Immigrant; transitory resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

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

Larval foodplants : Bird's-foot Trefoil and various species of clover

Records : Thorpeness (S Wakeley & J M Chalmers-Hunt, 14.vii.1964 & 15.vii.1964; Dr Banner 16.vii.1964; Rev A P Waller, 21.vii.1964), Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2004), Bawdsey (M Deans, 29.vii.2004 & 19.vii.2006), Dunwich Heath (C Moore & D Brougham, 19 & 20.vii.2006), Mendlesham (S Woolnough, 25.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : One at light in Hemley Rectory on 21 July 1904 (Wlr. EMM. xl, 236). Elsewhere Kent and I. Wight only, in Britain : probably extinct even there.

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-9mm, Wingspan 15-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultKent Black Arches, Meganola albula
Least Black Arches, Nola confusalis
Jersey Black Arches, Nola chlamitulalis

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Further Photographs

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Dead specimen but shows relevant features. Caught by Clive Moore. - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Matthew Deans