The Moths of Suffolk
2123 Small Square-spot, Diarsia rubi, (Vieweg, 1790)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Wet woodland, fens, marshes also heathland and scrub but can occur almost anywhere

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to mid-July and mid-July to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Levelly distributed everywhere, and quite common at both sugar and light, from Ipswich to Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-16mm, Wingspan 30-38mm


Confusion species
    AdultIngrailed Clay, Diarsia mendica
Barred Chestnut, Diarsia dahlii
Fen Square-spot, Diarsia florida

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
21 57 3 100 32

Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larva larvapupa imago ovalarvaimago larvapupa imago ovaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Thetford (26.v.2001) © L Gregory
Eye, Suffolk (21.v.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Spring brood - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Herringfleet, Suffolk ( © Keith Knights