The Moths of Suffolk
2314 Dingy Shears, Parastichtis ypsillon, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread but infrequent

Habitats : Wet woodland, fens, heathland and riverbanks

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

Larval foodplants : The leaves and catkins of willows, sallows and poplars

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently much rarer than formerly. Locally common about Playford, Needham, Stowmarket, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Beccles, ante 1890. A solitary specimen on sugar by the Gipping at Ipswich on 26 July 1895 (Baylis). Not rare at Hemley during 1910-29 (Wlr). I have never seen it in Suffolk (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-19mm, Wingspan 32-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDog's Tooth, Lacanobia suasa

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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New Forest (29.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Eye (10.vii.2005) © P.Kitchener
Benhall Green, Suffolk (4.vii.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Unusual ground colour - Eye, Suffolk (1.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman