The Moths of Suffolk
2214 Chamomile Shark, Cucullia chamomillae, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open grassland, other rough open grassy areas, most frequent on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May, single late record in November

Larval foodplants : Flowers of scentless Mayweed, Chamomile, Corn Chamomile, Stinking Chamomile and Feverfew

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare. Ipswich (Ml); Needham (L); Stowmarket (B): ante 1890. One at Waldringfield on 21 May 1918 (Waller); a larva found at Southwold in July 1897, emerged on 31 May 1898 (Ctw); occasionally on Gorleston palings (Mr, Mly) ; two sitting on reed-fencing in Tuddenham Fen (Sparke).

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-23mm, Wingspan 44-52mm


Confusion species
    AdultShark, Cucullia umbratica

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Caught by P Bryant - Hopton (19.xi.2003) © M Deans

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dorset ( © Paul Kitchener
Woolpit, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Paul Bryant
Bradwell, Suffolk (6.v.2012) © Keith Knights