The Moths of Suffolk
2410 Marbled White Spot, Protodeltote pygarga, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, grassland, fens, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early August

Larval foodplants : Grasses, including Purple Moor-grass, False Brome

Morley's Final Catalogue : Recorded about 1830 from Wrentham (Curtis) ; Worlingham (Crf). Bentley, Holbrook, Playford) Stowmarket, Newmarket, and fairly common at Tuddenham (Vivian). All these records are before 1890; and extinction was feared, until Mr. Goddard secured a specimen flying by day at Mildenhall in June 1933 and another in Blythburgh Wood during 1936.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-12mm, Wingspan 24-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultPretty Marbled, Deltote deceptoria

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Eye ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Dark specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman