The Moths of Suffolk
2432 Ni Moth, Trichoplusia ni, (Hübner, 1803)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Has been reported to occasionally breed in coastal situations in other parts of the country

Flight Period : May be recorded at any time of the year but mainly May to October

Larval foodplants : Sea Rocket, marigolds, flowers of a hawkweed

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 23.vii.2002 & 29.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as a Suffolk species

Aston's Additions : Known as an immigrant to Cornwall in 1937, this species has lately been observed as a more general migrant. The Suffolk specimen was taken at light at Waldringfield on 11.viii.1958 and recorded by Canon Waller (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. XI, pt. I, p. 51).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-17mm, Wingspan 30-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultScar Bank Gem, Ctenoplusia limbirena
Silver Y, Autographa gamma

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Caught by N Odin - Landguard (22.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart

Life history chart
imago imago imago imago larvaimago pupaimago imago no datano data

Further Photographs

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Devon (7.ix.2003) © M Deans
Landguard (24.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Found at hotel lights - Erfoud, Morocco, N. Africa (28.iii.2011) © Neil Sherman
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Madjarovo, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman