The Moths of Suffolk
2148 Pale Shining Brown, Polia bombycina, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : pRDB

Local Status : Previously resident, possibly extinct (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Open light chalky soils; rough scrubby grassland and open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; early June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Not known in the wild

Records : Needham Market (C W Pierce, 1963, 1965 & 1970-1973), Mettingham (M Hall, 1997),

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed, and not rare at light everywhere. Taken in Suffolk before 1829 (Stephens iii, 28). Bentley, Copdock at sugar, common about Ipswich at wild guelder-rose flowers in 1898 (Pyett) but rare at light (Mly), Henley (Sparke), Felixstow (Gibbs), sometimes common at Waldringfield, Aldeburgh, at privet flowers in Yoxford (Pyett), Monks Soham occasionally, Needham (Platten), Coddenham, Stowmarket; Brandon. Sotterley (Burton); Beccles and Gorleston (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-23mm, Wingspan 47-52mm


Confusion species
    AdultSilvery Arches, Polia trimaculosa
Dark Arches, Apamea monoglypha
Reddish Light Arches, Apamea sublustris
Scarce Brindle, Apamea lateritia
Large Nutmeg, Apamea anceps

Compare confusion species

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Norfolk (2004) © J Clifton

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larval diapausepupa larval diapausepupa larval diapausepupa larval diapausepupa pupa imago ovalarvaimago larva larvapupa larval diapausepupa larval diapausepupa larval diapausepupa

Further Photographs

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Hvoina, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman