The Moths of Suffolk
2364 Frosted Orange, Gortyna flavago, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, scrub, coastal areas

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-August to October

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants; thistles, burdock, foxglove, feeding inside the stem

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very general; larvae in Artemisia at Ipswich, 1934 (Bp). and in thistle-stems much commoner than are the imagines seen. Ipswich, rarely at light; Waldringfield, Foxhall, Needham, Monks Soham, Leiston, Lowestoft, Benacre Broad, Beccles, Oulton church marshes, Hopton and at light in Gorleston. Mildenhall (Gd).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 32-44mm


Confusion species
    AdultFisher's Estuarine Moth, Gortyna borelii

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Rendham (ix.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
ova ova ova larva larva larva larva larvapupaimago imago imago ova ova

Further Photographs

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Minsmere, Suffolk (viii.2003) © N Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Woolpit, Suffolk (viii.2007) © P Bryant
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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman