The Moths of Suffolk
2122 Purple Clay, Diarsia brunnea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, appears at light in low numbers

Habitats : Broad-leaved woods and wooded areas on heaths

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Never appears in numbers, usually singly on sugar in woods, about Bentley, Ipswich, Waldringfield, Blaxhall, Needham and Hardwick near Bury.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-20mm, Wingspan 36-45mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRosy Marsh Moth, Coenophila subrosea
Ingrailed Clay, Diarsia mendica
Barred Chestnut, Diarsia dahlii
Square-spotted Clay, Xestia rhomboidea

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © 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
Lynford, Norfolk (7.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (1.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman