The Moths of Suffolk
2335 Slender Brindle, Apamea scolopacina, (Esper, 1788)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Woodland with grassy rides and clearings, sometimes more open habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Woodland grasses, initially feeding internally within the stems, later externally on the leaves and flowers

Morley's Final Catalogue : 'Somewhat rare' at Bentley, five on oaks near Kesgrave Hall (Gr), Needham, Glemham Magna and Beccles, ante 1890. Later a good deal rarer, and apparently confined to Bentley Woods (Hkg, Pyett), where this is the sole moth ever beaten from the exotic Spanish chestnut (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 32-36mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Found at night feeding on woodland grass - Wolves wood, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Dunwich, Suffolk (1.vii.2014) © Paul Kitchener