The Moths of Suffolk
2158 Pale-shouldered Brocade, Lacanobia thalassina, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread but tends to be localised

Habitats : Grassland, woodland, fens and scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Various woody plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1829, p. 183). Somewhat uncommon, but broad spread. Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Waldringfield, Aldeburgh, Reydon, Monks Soham at light, Needham; Tuddenham (Sparke), Brandon; Bungay, Beccles.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-20mm, Wingspan 38-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultBeautiful Brocade, Lacanobia contigua
Dog's Tooth, Lacanobia suasa
Dark Brocade, Blepharita adusta
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

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Thetford (24.v.2001) © L Gregory

Flight chart
17 100 35 6

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

Further Photographs

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Found at rest on fence post by day - Docharn Lodge Carrbridge, Inverness-shire (12.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Old Broom, Risby, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman