The Moths of Suffolk
2159 Dog's Tooth, Lacanobia suasa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local, frequent in coastal areas

Habitats : Fens, woodland, scrub, heathland, saltmarsh

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to early July and late July to August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants; Common Sea-lavender, Greater Plantain and goosefoots

Morley's Final Catalogue : With us this species is nearly confined to the coast, and similar Breck District. Brantham (F. J. Buckell), Felixstow in 1901 (Gibbs), Hemley in 1901 (Wlr); Aldeburgh, " abounds there" (Wrt, Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 220); common at Lowestoft (EMM. 1904, 81), Beccles, Bungay; and on 26 June 1929 in Burgh Castle marshes (Wiltshire). Stowmarket (C). Brandon (Wheeler).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-20mm, Wingspan 32-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPale-shouldered Brocade, Lacanobia thalassina
Bright-line Brown-eye, Lacanobia oleracea
Stranger, Lacanobia blenna
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

Compare confusion species
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Orfordness, Suffolk (14.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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17 100 23 35

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (29.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener
f. dissimilis - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (13.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (4.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (20.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener