The Moths of Suffolk
2389 Pale Mottled Willow, Paradrina clavipalpis, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, scrub, open woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to mid-July and also August to October

Larval foodplants : Grass seeds, growing seeds and stored grain

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common at light from Ipswich to Mildenhall and Gorleston; larvae abundant beside the Waveney at Beccles in 1892.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 26-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRustic, Hoplodrina blandaVine's Rustic, Hoplodrina ambigua
Small Mottled Willow, Spodoptera exiguaDark Mottled Willow, Spodoptera cilium
Clancy's Rustic, Platyperigea kadeniiLorimer's Rustic, Paradrina flavirena
Porter's Rustic, Proxenus hospes

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Great Cornard, Suffolk (ix.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford (25.v.2005) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (30.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (30.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.ix.2018) © Paul Kitchener