The Moths of Suffolk
2160 Bright-line Brown-eye, Lacanobia oleracea, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Can occur almost anywhere

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Broom Moth) are common and levelly distributed throughout the County. The former (Bright-line Brown-eye) first noted here at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 223).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-19mm, Wingspan 34-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultDog's Tooth, Lacanobia suasa
Splendid Brocade, Lacanobia splendens
Broom Moth, Melanchra pisi

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Ipswich (29.v.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
9 58 100 10 3

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago imago ovalarvaimago larvapupa larvapupa pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Thetford (25.v.2005) © Lee Gregory
Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Found feeding on Sweetcorn plant - Ipswich, Suffolk (26.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman