The Moths of Suffolk
2173 Lychnis, Hadena bicruris, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including fens, woodland, grassland, heathland, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to July and August to early September

Larval foodplants : Ripening seeds of campions, especially White, Red and Sweet William

Morley's Final Catalogue : Perhaps frequent enough, but records are sparse, and it is uncommon about Ipswich. Gorleston (D, Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 30-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCampion, Hadena rivularis
Tawny Shears, Hadena perplexa
Barrett's Marbled Coronet, Hadena luteago

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (29.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Found at night on Wild lettuce seedhead - Shingle street, Suffolk (viii.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found feeding in the garden on White campion seedhead at dusk - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
White campion seedhead showing frass exuded by young larva feeding inside - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman