The Moths of Suffolk
2176 Antler Moth, Cerapteryx graminis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread particularly in heathland and grassland areas

Habitats : Heathland, grassland, fens and scrub and other open areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Hard-bladed grasses, such as Sheep's Fescue, Mat-grass and Purple Moor-grass

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common but restricted to the light lands, where imagines are often conspicuous on ragwort flowers in hot sunshine. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Ipswich occasionally at light, Foxhall, Bixley, Hemley at light., Friday-street in Rendlesham (Vinter); Glemham Magna, Bungay, Barnby Broad, Beccles, Lowestoft, Fritton, Burgh Castle, Gorleston; Bury, Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-17mm, Wingspan 27-32mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Wortham Ling (8.ix.2002) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Pale form - Ipswich, Suffolk (30.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (3.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (10.viii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (12.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (21.viii.2016) © Paul Kitchener