The Moths of Suffolk
2099 Portland Moth, Actebia praecox, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Nb; immigrant

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Coastal sandhills, sandy heathland and shingle banks along rivers

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late August to September

Larval foodplants : Creeping Willow, Tree Lupin and other sandhill plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : A submaritime species, now become very rare on our coast and yet still maintaining a broad distribution in the old Fen Sea district of the Breck. Taken at Dunwich in 1903 (Bloomfield in EMM); three at Kessingland. in 1902 (l.c. 1904, 81); Lowestoft; Gorleston Cliff on sugar in August 1923, at light & on palings, uncommonly (D). Thetford; one at Tuddenham in 1900 (Sparke); six specimens on ragwort at Barnham on 31 August and 1 September 1894 (Norgate); Barton Magna, Bury. Also recorded from Finburgh, Combs and Bury (Naturalist 1858, p. 230).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan 40-46mm


Confusion species : None

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Lancashire (viii.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (viii.2006) © Paul Bryant
Caught by Clive Moore - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (18.viii.2006) © Matthew Deans
Dunwich, Suffolk (3.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener