The Moths of Suffolk
2266 Brown-spot Pinion, Agrochola litura, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, parkland, grassland, heathland, fens, scrub, hedgerows and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants and trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : In profusion on sugar and ivy-blossom everywhere from Bentley to Burgh Castle. The latter at Wingfield, and abroad till 5 November 1932 at Monks Soham; Mildenhall in 1936.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 30-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBeaded Chestnut, Agrochola lychnidis

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Thetford (6.x.2002) © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (22.ix.2000) © Paul Kitchener
f. rufa-pallida - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2008) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (13.x.2009) © Brian Jones
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (20.ix.2015) © Neil Sherman