The Moths of Suffolk
2186 Powdered Quaker, Orthosia gracilis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Fens, wet woodland, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late March to May

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous and woody plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Somewhat rare, and usually singly ; widely distributed. ' Rare, but now and then visits the apricot blossoms' (Sudbury Journal). Copdock in April 1900 (Hkg); singly at Bentley Woods and Monks Soham in May (Mly). A few at light in Ipswich, 1893-9 (Mly, Baylis, Pyett, Platten). Needham, Tuddenham. Bungay (Mn), Barsham (Gls), Beccles (Crf); Gorleston (Mr); on sallows at Belton and Fritton (Wiltshire, &c.).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-19mm, Wingspan 33-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultClouded Drab, Orthosia incerta

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Rendham (15.iv.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford (26.iv.2001) © L Gregory
Eye, Suffolk (18.iv.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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larva feeding on Dyer's Greenweed - Isle of White, Hampshire (30.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Pinkish colour form associated with Bog myrtle - Inshriach forest, Inverness-shire (9.v.2014) © Neil Sherman