The Moths of Suffolk
2120 Ingrailed Clay, Diarsia mendica, (Fabricius, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Heathland, woodland, fens, scrub, hedgerows and grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : A ubiquitous sylvan species, persisting in open country long after the timber has been felled e.g. at Monks Soham and Gorleston. Abundant in woods at Bentley, &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRosy Marsh Moth, Coenophila subrosea
Barred Chestnut, Diarsia dahlii
Purple Clay, Diarsia brunnea
Small Square-spot, Diarsia rubi

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Oakley, nr. Eye, Suffolk (8.vi.2008) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (3.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Cutlers Wood, Suffolk (7.vi.2010) © A Prichard
Cutlers Wood, Suffolk (7.vi.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Cutlers Wood, Suffolk (7.vi.2010) © A Prichard
VC25, Belton 9 Acre Wood, Suffolk (15.vi.2010) © Brian Jones
VC25, Belton 9 Acre Wood, Suffolk (15.vi.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Female - Kenton Hills, Sizewell, Suffolk (4.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
Female, trapped in moorland habitat - Tulloch Moor, Inverness-shire (6.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman