The Moths of Suffolk
2084 Light Feathered Rustic, Agrotis cinerea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Locally extinct and rare vagrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Chalk and limestone downland, sea-cliffs, shingle beaches, mountain hillsides, quarries, and old spoil heaps

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June

Larval foodplants : Wild Thyme and other various low-growing plants

Records : Minsmere (R Harvey, 8.v.2008)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Mr. Burton added this species to our list : it flew to light at Mildenhall in 1934 and May 1936. Capt. Smith, also, has found it at Barton Mills; and South records it from our County.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 33-40mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Dungeness Birds Observatory, Kent (30.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Kent (v.2003) © M Deans
Seacombe, Dorset (vi.2000) © N Sherman
Dungeness Birds Observatory, Kent (30.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
 
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Dungeness, Kent (v.2015) © Neil Sherman