The Moths of Suffolk
2164 Broad-barred White, Hecatera bicolorata, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread at low density

Habitats : Grassland, vegetated shingle areas, fens, urban areas

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

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants; hawk's beards and hawkweed

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant at Sudbury in 1836 (dysodea: Ent. Mag. iv, 233); and throughout the entire County, from Bentley Woods to Gorleston (D) and Brandon (MIy); especially common on palings in Felixstow during July 1923, and at light in Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 28-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Ranunculus, Hecatera dysodea

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Eye (7.vii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (28.vi.2006) © A Prichard
Mildenhall Woods, Suffolk (22.vi.2009) © A Prichard
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (11.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (26.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Found on Hawksbeard flower stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Found at rest on Hawksbeard stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found at rest on Hawksbeard flowerhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (23.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman