The Moths of Suffolk
2156 Beautiful Brocade, Lacanobia contigua, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Heathland, moorland, woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Various woody plants, including Downy & Silver Birch, oaks, Broom, Bog-myrtle, Heather, Dyer's Greenweed and Bracken

Records : No recent confirmed records

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently very rare indeed. Not taken (Mr. Waller's Waldringfield record proved to be erroneous) since Miller and Garrett found it at 'Bentley,' before 1890: though said by Harwood to also occur close to the River Stour at Dedham in Essex, i.e. five miles further south.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 36-42mm


Confusion species
    AdultLight Brocade, Lacanobia w-latinum
Pale-shouldered Brocade, Lacanobia thalassina
Dog's Tooth, Lacanobia suasa

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Dorset (vii.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland ( © Matthew Deans
Dolomites, Italy (4.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Hvoina, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman