The Moths of Suffolk
2300 Old Lady, Mormo maura, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Local, common in the south-east of the county

Habitats : Damper areas; riverbanks, marshes, gardens, woodland, scrub and hedgerows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to early September

Larval foodplants : In the autumn on various herbaceous plants, later in the spring on various woody plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : The Old Lady glides sedately into our houses every autumn, and seats herself serenely on our walls, from Bentley to Gorleston, respected of all.

Wingspan details : Forewing 30-36mm, Wingspan 64-74mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Attracted using wine ropes - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Rendham (vii.2004) © M Deans
Seen at night on ivy blossom - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Clevedon, Somerset (23.viii.2007) © Stuart Read
 
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Woolpit, Suffolk (viii.2007) © P Bryant
On wine rope - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman
VC25 Burgh Castle, Suffolk (22.viii.2010) © Brian Jones