The Moths of Suffolk
2167 Tawny Shears, Hadena perplexa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Coastal habitats; vegetated shingle, saltmarsh, fens inland mainly restricted to grassland and heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to late August

Larval foodplants : Ripening seeds of Bladder Campion, White Campion, Sea Campion and Rock Sea-spurrey

Morley's Final Catalogue : Somewhat thinly sporadic; certainly rare about Ipswich, where one came to light in 1895 (Pvett). Playford (G) ; larvae feeding on Silene maritima at Landguard on the shore (Mera, Entom. 1916, 287); Aldeburgh. Coddenham, Needham, Stowmarket, Bury, Brandon and once (Vivian) freely at light in Tuddenham. Gorleston (Mr). Abundant on Dunwich beach, 1937 (Hawley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 27-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSand Dart, Agrotis ripae
Stranger, Lacanobia blenna

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Kent (3.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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46 42 100 36

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Kent (3.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Orfordness, Suffolk (24.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dungeness Bird Observatory, Kent (30.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
H. perplexa capsophila Duponchel, The Pod Lover - Ballycotton, Co. Cork, Ireland (11.vi.2010) © Matthew Deans
Dunwich, Suffolk (11.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Orfordness, Suffolk (4.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman