The Moths of Suffolk
2102 Flame Shoulder, Ochropleura plecta, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Can be found almost anywhere

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very generally distributed, not uncommon at light and sugar. Ipswich, Westeffield, Martlesham, Monks Soham, Needham (Platten), &c., to Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 28-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRadford's Flame Shoulder, Ochropleura leucogaster

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (20.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Melanic - Dunwich, Suffolk (24.viii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman