The Moths of Suffolk
2301 Bird's Wing, Dypterygia scabriuscula, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Localised mainly to Sandlings and Brecks

Habitats : Heathland, grassland, gardens, woodland, scrub and parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early August. A reported occasional partial second brood, August to September, does not appear to have been reported locally

Larval foodplants : Docks, sorrels, Knotgrass and others

Morley's Final Catalogue : Generally distributed, but not often frequent. Copdock, Bentley Woods, occasionally on Ipswich palings, Martlesham, rarely abundant at Waldringfield sugar; quite scarce or absent in High Suffolk; Burgh Castle (D), Gorleston (Mr). Tuddenham in 1891 (Christy) ; Mildenhall, abundant on sugar in June 1933

Wingspan details : Forewing 16mm, Wingspan 34-42mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich ( © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Fritton Marshes, Suffolk (5.vii.2011) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener
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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener