The Moths of Suffolk
2178 Feathered Gothic, Tholera decimalis, (Poda, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread in heathland and grassy areas

Habitats : Heathland, grassland, scrub and woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late August to September

Larval foodplants : Hard-bladed grasses, including Mat-grass and Sheep's Fescue

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed, and occasionally quite numerous. During heavy rain, great numbers came in to light at Copdock Rectory late in the Augusts of both 1881 and 1894 (Hkg); it occurs thence to Fritton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-22mm, Wingspan 38-48mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGothic, Naenia typica
Bordered Gothic, Heliophobus reticulata

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Barnhamcross Common (30.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Knetthishall Green, Suffolk (5.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Knetthishall Green, Suffolk (5.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Fritton Marshes, Suffolk (3.ix.2011) © Brian Jones
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman
Female - Dunwich, Suffolk (7.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener