The Moths of Suffolk
2183 Blossom Underwing, Orthosia miniosa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local; suspected immigrant

Local Status : Immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Oak woodland and hedgerows where it is resident elsewhere in the country

Flight Period : Single-brooded; March to April. All recent Suffolk records occurred during an influx in early April

Larval foodplants : Oak, possibly other herbaceous shrubs

Records : Lower Hollesey Common (SMG, 5.iv.1999), Little Blakenham (SMG, 4.iv.1999), Ipswich (J Higgott, 8.iv.1999) and Elveden (B Statham, iv.2003), Bawdsey (M Deans, 22.iv.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much confused with the next kind (Small Quaker). Singly at lckworth (Wrt), and Needham (L), before 1890. Flew to electric light in Ipswich on 7 April 1894 (Mly) and to sallow at Kessingland in 1936 (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Quaker, Orthosia cruda
Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi

Compare confusion species
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Essex (iv.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lancashire (12.iv.2004) © L Gregory
Essex (iv.2004) © L Gregory
Female, taken at actinic light. First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (30.iii.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Reared from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Reared from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Reared from eggs laid by female - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ex Ova from 2014 female. Hatched March 2015 - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2014) © Neil Sherman