The Moths of Suffolk
2263 Red-line Quaker, Agrochola lota, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, marshes, fens, river valleys and heathland

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

Larval foodplants : Willows, leaves and catkins

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of uncertain appearance, and rarely common. Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 133). Always rare about Ipswich and in Bentley Woods, Leiston; a series on ivy-blossom at Monks Soham in October 1932. Needham, Henham, Hemley in 1902, Frostenden, Bury; Beccles, rare at Fritton and Burgh Castle.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 33-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultYellow-line Quaker, Agrochola macilenta

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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.2004) © N Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (2.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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On Ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2012) © Neil Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.x.2015) © Neil Sherman