The Moths of Suffolk
2170 Varied Coronet, Hadena compta, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common, predominantly in the east of the county

Habitats : Grassland, fens, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Ripening seed-pods of Sweet William and also Bladder Campion

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk

Aston's Additions : I caught the first Suffolk specimen at Polstead on 2.viii.1953, 3.30 p.m. at rest. Before that it was known only from Dover and the Hill of Howth, Dublin, but now it has colonised East Anglia across to Hertfordshire and we have noted it in Suffolk at Stowmarket, Reydon, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Ipswich, Walberswick, Waldringfield. (See Trans. S.N.S., Vol. VIII, pt. III, p. 135). Morley (1937) made no mention of the species.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 28-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMarbled Coronet, Hadena confusa

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Ipswich (3.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman
Great Cornard (17.vi.2005) © S Read
 
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Eye, Suffolk (24.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Woolpit, Suffolk (2.vi.2009) © P Bryant
Found feeding on Sweet william seed pods in the garden - Ipswich, Suffolk (15.viii.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (30.v.2014) © Neil Sherman