The Moths of Suffolk
2216 Shark, Cucullia umbratica, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Coastal vegetated shingle, grassland, fens, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Flowers and leaves of sow-thistles, wild lettuces, hawk's-beards and hawkweeds

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk (Stephens 1829,88). Not very frequent; about Ipswich, rare. Copdock, Bawdsey Ferry, Waldringfield, Monks Soham, Beccles; sometimes common in Gorleston gardens and on Hopton palings in late June.

Wingspan details : Forewing 22-26mm, Wingspan 52-59mm


Confusion species
    AdultChamomile Shark, Cucullia chamomillae

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Barnhamcross Common ( © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day on fencepost in garden. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory