The Moths of Suffolk
2279 Sycamore, Acronicta aceris, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Gardens, parks, woodland, scrub, heathland

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

Larval foodplants : Sycamore, Field Maple, cultivated varieties of maple, Horse-chestnut

Morley's Final Catalogue : 'Somewhat scarce, but widely distributed' in 1890, when it was thought too general to merit localising. Later records are merely from Copdock (Hkg); and Ipswich (Pyett), where Baylis took it on 27 July 1895 at electric light, then a novelty which attracted many outlying moths. Several at Hemley in 1903 et seqq. (Wlr); one at sugar in Gorleston during July 1935 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-22mm, Wingspan 40-45mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPoplar Grey, Acronicta megacephala
Sweet Gale Moth, Acronicta euphorbiae

Compare confusion species
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Eye, Suffolk (22.v.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day underneath Oak tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Woolpit, Suffolk (11.vi.2006) © Paul Bryant
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vi.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Thetford, Norfolk (22.v.2007) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (23.v.2010) © Brian Jones
Dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (13.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vi.2015) © Paul Kitchener