The Moths of Suffolk
2163 Broom Moth, Melanchra pisi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Various open habitats, predominantly heathland, grassland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to July

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Bright-line Brown-eye) 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 16-20mm, Wingspan 33-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBright-line Brown-eye, Lacanobia oleracea

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Eye (12.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Carlton Marshes, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Gunton Warren, Lowestoft, Suffolk (17.ix.2006) © Andrew Easton
Gunton Warren, Lowestoft, Suffolk (17.ix.2006) © Andrew Easton
 
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Ross-shire (29.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
Bradwell, Suffolk (17.vii.2013) © Keith Knights
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman