The Moths of Suffolk
2403 Bordered Straw, Heliothis peltigera, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Immigrant (SMP Status 3)

Habitats : Recorded mainly in coastal areas

Flight Period : May be recorded at any time of year, Suffolk records from mid-June to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Flowers of Common Restharrow, Ploughman's Spikenard, Scentless Mayweed, Sticky Groundsel and garden marigolds

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite rare, but more obtainable than the last. Nearly confined to the Breck :- Brandon before 1890 (Wrn); Newmarket, taken by Mr. Wagstaff (Fenland); Tuddenham, by G. F. Briggs (EMM p 223), and one there in June 1897 (Sparke); a dozen larvae were found during 1913 in west Suffolk (Nurse in lit.), probably at Ampton. Our sole coast record is from Lowestoft before 1890, taken by W. C. Boyd.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 34-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScarce Bordered Straw, Helicoverpa armigera
Eastern Bordered Straw, Heliothis nubigera

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Rendham (19.vi.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Sudbury, Suffolk (6.viii.2006) © Stuart Read
Great Cornard, Suffolk (29.vii.2006) © Stuart Read
Great Cornard, Suffolk (29.vii.2006) © Stuart Read
 
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Great Cornard, Suffolk (5.ix.2006) © Stuart Read
Portland, Dorset (4.viii.2002) © Matthew Deans
Bawdsey, Suffolk (3.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Flushed from sward by day - Besapara Hills, Bulgaria (23.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman