The Moths of Suffolk
2293 Marbled Beauty, Cryphia domestica, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Gardens, woodland, grassland, scrub, fens and coastal areas

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

Larval foodplants : lichens on rocks, trees, buildings

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequently noticed on walls, less commonly on wooden palings, never seen on tree-trunks. Sitting upon only the first in Ipswich, Aldeburgh, Stowmarket, &c.; on the second in Gorleston, where orange-coloured forms occur.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-14mm, Wingspan 22-30mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMarbled Green, Cryphia muralis

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Ipswich, Suffolk (2.viii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (21.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Dark form - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Dark form - Thurston (1.viii.2002) © L Gregory
 
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Dark form. - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (8.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.ix.2016) © Paul Kitchener