The Moths of Suffolk
2145 Nutmeg, Discestra trifolii, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, fens, woodland, scrub, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded in the south with adults flying from April to June and August to September, single-brooded from the Midlands northwards flying from June to July. In Suffolk there would appear to be one long protracted flight period peaking in July and August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants, including goosefoots and related species

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant at light in Ipswich, and extending thence to Gorleston (D) and Tuddenham (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-18mm, Wingspan 23-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite Colon, Sideridis albicolon
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Barnham Cross Common, Suffolk (16.vi.2004) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Fat hen seedhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © Neil Sherman
Eye (18.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener
Great Cornard, Suffolk (8.viii.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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One much shorter wing - Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vi.2010) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman