The Moths of Suffolk
2299 Mouse Moth, Amphipyra tragopoginis, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, scrub, gardens, fens, woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants, on the leaves and flowers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Everywhere; odd specimens turn up in all sorts of situations, e.g. under dead ash-bark in Ashfield marshes of the Deben, and even in beached Southwold fishing-boats.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 32-40mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ramparts Field, Suffolk (10.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ramparts Field, Suffolk (10.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Swept from Germander speedwell - Wordwell, King's Forest, Suffolk (30.v.2015) © Neil Sherman