The Moths of Suffolk
2147 Shears, Hada plebeja, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

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

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means so ' common ' as Bloomfield would have us believe. Never seen at Monks Soham during thirty years' residence (Mly); and quite rare at light in Ipswich, 1893-1904 (Baylis, Pyett). No recent records, except near Aldeburgh (Trans. ii, 295), freely at Hemley sugar in 1901 (Wlr); Covehithe at light in 1936 (Gd); one in Burgh Castle marshes in 1929 (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 28-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultStranger, Lacanobia blenna

Compare confusion species
    Adult

Click to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
40 100 9 6 1

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago imago ovalarvaimago larva larva pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Eye (9.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (3.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Great Cornard, Suffolk (4.vi.2006) © Stuart Read
 
Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
Ross-shire (29.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
Click to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vi.2010) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.v.2011) © Neil Sherman