The Moths of Suffolk
2247 Merveille du Jour, Dichonia aprilina, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread not uncommon

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, parkland, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to early November

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak, possibly also Sessile Oak and Turkey Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally common on sugar in woods, e.g. Bentley and Fritton Monks Soham on ivy;.Gorleston, &c

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-23mm, Wingspan 42-52mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Merveille du Jour, Moma alpium

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (21.x.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thurston (27.ix.2001) © P Bryant
Rendham (ix.2002) © M Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © N Sherman
Barton Mills, Suffolk (7.x.2005) © Lee Gregory
Great Cornard, Suffolk (8.x.2005) © Stuart Read
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2008) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Burgh Castle, Suffolk (5.x.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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On Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.x.2012) © Neil Sherman
Feeding on Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Unusual extensive black markings - Ipswich, Suffolk (16.x.2014) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (14.x.2016) © Paul Kitchener