The Moths of Suffolk
2252 Large Ranunculus, Polymixis flavicincta, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local, more common in the east of the county

Habitats : Gardens, disturbed ground, damp meadows, rough ground, river valleys

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-September to October

Larval foodplants : Various wild and cultivated herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : One of the commonest autumn moths throughout the County: very frequent at Bury (Sparke), where Norgate found the var. meridionalis, Bdv., about as frequent as the typical form (EMM. 1906, p. 139). Letheringham (Vinter); Ipswich, Monks Soham, Southwold, Gorleston, &c. Cf. Entom. xix, 91.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-22mm, Wingspan 40-50mm


Confusion species
    AdultBlack-banded, Polymixis xanthomista
Feathered Ranunculus, Polymixis lichenea

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Ipswich Golf Course (27.ix.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (18.ix.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (29.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener
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Trapped by Bill Last - Harlow, Essex (ix.2014) © Neil Sherman