The Moths of Suffolk
2250 Dark Brocade, Blepharita adusta, (Esper, 1790)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Heathland, chalk grassland, fens, woodland and some gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August

Larval foodplants : Various woody and herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of sufficiently frequent occurrence on palings, &c. Ipswich, at light (Baylis, Pyett); Playford, Needham, Stowmarket; Newmarket; Monks Soham church (Mly), Bungay (Mn), Beccles ; Aldeburgh.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 42-48mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCabbage Moth, Mamestra brassicae
Pale-shouldered Brocade, Lacanobia thalassina
Northern Arches/Exile, Apamea zeta
Dusky Brocade, Apamea remissa

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Eye, Suffolk (10.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (29.v.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Icknield way, Suffolk (v.2008) © Neil Sherman
Inverness-shire (30.v.2008) © Lee Gregory
 
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Dolomites, Italy (1.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman