The Moths of Suffolk
2425 Nut-tree Tussock, Colocasia coryli, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to Brecks, woodlands in south of county and occasionally along the coast. Can be common where it occurs

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland and scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; April to May and mid-June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Hazel, Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Beech, oaks, Field Maple, Hornbeam, and other broad-leaved trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Somewhat scarce, and doubtless declining with our felled woodlands. Larvae in tolerable plenty in woods round Ipswich, and in woods near Stowmarket (Crewe, Nat. 1858, 37); but at neither Playford nor Brandeston (Gr). Sporadic at Copdock in 1896 (Hkg), Belstead; Bentley Woods singly in 1893-4 (Mly), 1895 (Baylis) and 1899 (Platten); Blaxhall, Needham, Ickworth, Downham (one larva on oak: Norgate); Mildenhall in 1936 (Gd) and Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 30-38mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Yellowham Wood, Dorset (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (26.vii.2002) © Paul Kitchener
Ampton, Suffolk (11.ix.2003) © L Gregory
First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Beaten from elm (Ulmus) - Lackford Lakes, Suffolk (5.ix.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (18.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (25.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (17.iv.2014) © Neil Sherman
Found by Bill Last - Balls Wood, Hertfordshire (ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (12.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener