The Moths of Suffolk
2255 Feathered Ranunculus, Polymixis lichenea, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local in the main, but widespread and common in the south-east of the county

Habitats : Coastal areas, vegetated shingle and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : List as not Suffolk

Aston's Additions : Noted by Mr. Morley as pretty well confined to the west of England. A specimen recorded from a mercury vapour moth-trap at Waldringfield on 29th September, 1959, by Mr. Alfred Waller (Trans. S.N.S. Vol. XI, pt. IV, p. 327).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 35-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLarge Ranunculus, Polymixis flavicincta
Black-banded, Polymixis xanthomista

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Rendham (x.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.ix.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (5.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (9.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (26.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener
Males - Ipswich, Suffolk (1.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener