The Moths of Suffolk
2223 Toadflax Brocade, Calophasia lunula, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Scarce immigrant, possible recent colonist (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Coastal, single inland record at light

Habitats : Coastal vegetated shingle

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to early July and late July to August

Larval foodplants : Common Toadflax, Purple Toadflax, Small Toadflax, Pale Toadflax

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2001 & 29.vii.2005), Rendham (M Deans, 28.v.2004), Bawdsey (M Deans, 29.iv.2007 & 9.v.2008). Larvae have been found along the coast from 2004 to 2006, but none were reported in 2007 or 2008.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-15mm, Wingspan 26-32mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Rendham (28.v.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night on Common Toadflax - Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Kent (3.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Ex larva - Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
 
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Suffolk (viii.2005) © Lee Gregory
On Common Toadflax - Suffolk (28.viii.2006) © A Prichard
Bawdsey, Suffolk (29.iv.2007) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vi.2013) © Paul Kitchener
First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (15.v.2015) © Neil Sherman
Second brood - Ipswich, Suffolk (21.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (11.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener