The Moths of Suffolk
2385 Small Mottled Willow, Spodoptera exigua, (Hübner, 1808)

National Status : Immigrant; resident Channel Islands

Local Status : Irregular immigrant (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Records mainly coastal

Flight Period : May occur at any time of year, Suffolk records have occurred between June and October

Larval foodplants : A wide range of herbaceous plants will be accepted in captivity

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk but has comment - is well established in the west of England, and a half-dozen occurred at Dovercourt in September 1903 (EMM. xxxix, p. 302)

Aston's Additions : Thought by Claude Morley to be established in the West of England, this migrant was first noticed in Suffolk on l.viii.1938 at Iken by Mr. Garrett-Jones (Trans. S.N.S. Vol. IV, pt. I, pp. 35, 72). There have been several since, including four taken by me at Stowmarket light 1947-1949.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-14mm, Wingspan 26-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDark Mottled Willow, Spodoptera cilium
Pale Mottled Willow, Paradrina clavipalpis

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich Golf Course (ix.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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18 9 100 54 9

Life history chart
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imago imago imago imago no datano data

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2003) © N Sherman
Eye, Suffolk (27.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (20.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Bawdsey, Suffolk (20.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (16.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman