The Moths of Suffolk
2268 Suspected, Parastichtis suspecta, (Hübner, 1817)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks, Sandlings and the coastal areas

Habitats : Fens, carr, woodland, heathland, scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Birches and probably sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely local with us, and before 1890 found only "near Ipswich (Harwood)," which was surely at Bentley Woods where it was common on sugar in early Augusts of 1894-5 (Mly, Baylis) and 1896 (Hkg). One at Belstead in 1901 (Pyett, Gibbs).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 29-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCommon Rustic, Mesapamea secalis
Lesser Common Rustic, Mesapamea didyma

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (15.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Pale form - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Fritton Marshes, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Brian Jones
Lynachlaggan Insh Marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (3.ix.2012) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich, Suffolk (28.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener