The Moths of Suffolk
2152 White Colon, Sideridis albicolon, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Common at heathland and coastal sites

Habitats : Heathland , fens, coastal habitats, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to June, occasional partial second brood late July to August

Larval foodplants : Sea Rocket, Common Restharrow, Sea Sandwort, Sand Spurrey, Ribwort Plantain, Flixweed and probably other plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Confined to the coast, its estuaries, and similar Breck District. Felixstow in 1901 and abundant there in 1903 (Gibbs); Waldringfield at sugar in 1929 (Wlr); one at sugar by the Gipping River at Ipswich on 29 June 1895 (Baylis); Aldeburgh, Southwold and scarce at sugar in June 1890 on both Kessingland and Lowestoft denes (Ctw); Gorleston in July 1929 (Mr) and frequent just over the Yare. Brandon (Barrett); and plentiful at light during June 1889 at Tuddenham (Vivian), where the 'Brecksand form' is consistently darker than the coast type (Entom. 1911, p. 276). Staverton, on sugar in July 1933 (Hawley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 38-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultKidney-spotted Minor, Lacinipolia renigera
Cabbage Moth, Mamestra brassicae
Crescent Striped, Apamea oblonga
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

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Landguard, Felixstowe (28.v.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2004) © N Sherman
Upper Hollesley Common, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Southwold Denes, Suffolk (12.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman