The Moths of Suffolk
2153 Bordered Gothic, Heliophobus reticulata, (Goeze, 1781)

National Status : pRDB

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

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Chalky grassland and Breck heathland, chalk quarries, cuttings and embankments

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature states May to July

Larval foodplants : Not known in the wild. Soapwort, Bladder Campion and Knotgrass are accepted in captivity

Records : Tuddenham Heath (Baron de Worms,, Needham Market (C W Pierce, 1963), Mildenhall (H Chipperfield & C W Pierce, 7.vii.1963), Thorpeness (H Chipperfield, vii.1965), West Stow (C Smith, 1985), Lakenheath (J Chainey,, Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2000), Thetford (S Dudley, vii.1995)

Morley's Final Catalogue : An interesting insect, as frequent in Suffolk as anywhere in Britain. Copdock, at light from May to July; Bentley Woods, rarely on sugar in June; a few at Felixstow in 1903 (Bloomfield in EMM. 1904, 80); Hemley, abundant at sugar and lilac-blossom in 1901, and many at Waldringfield sugar in 1929 (Wlr). Needham, Stowmarket, Monks Soham, Southwold, Brandon and freely at light at Tuddenham. Sotterley, Bungay, Mettingham, Beccles; Gorleston in 1924-33 (Mr). Brandon, 1937 (Hawley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-19mm, Wingspan 35-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultGothic, Naenia typica
Feathered Ear, Pachetra sagittigera
Feathered Gothic, Tholera decimalis
Beautiful Gothic, Leucochlaena oditis
Mediterranean Brocade, Spodoptera littoralis

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County Cork (vi.2007) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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ssp. hibernica - Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Ireland ( © Matthew Deans
Dolomites, Italy ( © Neil Sherman
Samokov, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman