The Moths of Suffolk
2437 Golden Plusia, Polychrysia moneta, (Fabricius, 1787)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Gardens and parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to late July. A reported ccasional partial second generation in September has not been recorded in recent years.

Larval foodplants : delphiniums and Larkspur, on the leaves, flower buds and unripe seeds

Comments : Appears less frequent in recent years

Morley's Final Catalogue : A recent immigrant rapidly spreading. Two at Battisford before 1917 (Baker); one taken, resting on Phlox, in a Bury garden in July 1918 (Entom. 1933, 65); in Ipswich in 1920 (Ml); annually in Gorleston during 1921-9, larva feeding on Delphinium, also Beccles during 1930 (Mr); Gorleston 1930 (Wiltshire). Three on Aconite in Hemingston (Trans. i, p. 232). So plentiful in parts of east Suffolk as to be a pest in flower-gardens in May 1928 (Hughes of Sibton, l.c. p. 32).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-20mm, Wingspan 38-44mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Wiltshire (ix.2005) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Woolpit, Suffolk (11.vi.2006) © Paul Bryant
Woolpit, Suffolk (11.vi.2006) © Paul Bryant
First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman