The Moths of Suffolk
2318 Dun-bar, Cosmia trapezina, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub, fens, grassland with scrub

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

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs - found locally on hawthorns, elm, sallows, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Hazel, oaks. Other moth larvae!

Morley's Final Catalogue : The commonest summer Noctuid. Found in Suffolk by W. C. Hewitson before 1831 (Stephens iii, 325) ; in literal hundreds on sugar at Bentley, and extending thence to Ashby and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 28-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAngle-striped Sallow, Enargia paleacea

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Eye (21.vii.2000) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener