The Moths of Suffolk
2451 Clifden Nonpareil, Catocala fraxini, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant; transitory resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-August to mid-October, most often seen in September

Larval foodplants : Aspen, poplars

Records : Herringfleet/Beccles (T Fairless, 20.ix.1998), Blythburgh (D Wilson, 21.ix.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : This splendid Noctuid, expanding 100 mm. i.e. nearly four inches, is regarded as indigenous. At least a round dozen examples have been captured in Suffolk during the past century. The first appeared 'near Lowestoft in September 1828 to G. Waterhouse' (Stph. Illust. iii, 1830, 132). Two were met with at Clare, and one at Whixoe near that town, in 1868 (E. A. Fitch), a remarkable season wherein a fifth was taken on sugar at Aldeburgh on 21 August (Wrt, Suf. Inst. 4ly Journ., Jan. 1869, 23; Proc. iv 1870, 220), along with an undated sixth that year (Hele, Aldeb. 190), in the course of which Balding found a seventh (EMM. v. 128) and Miller eighth both in August at Ipswich, as well as two more there in 1872 - Miller's records from Bramford and Lowestoft (Lep. Suff. 1890, 25) are erroneous, teste Bloomfield. Not till 1901 occurred our eleventh specimen, sitting upon a house called Stronsay at Kirkley Cliff in Lowestoft (EMM. 1904, 256: two specimens exist in Dr. Hutchinson's Lowestoft collection). A perfect specimen came to sugar in the grounds of Benacre Hall on 24 August 1901 (J. F. Green, Ent. Rec. 1901, 306; cf. his paper on 'Mothing in Suffolk,' Knowledge 1901, pp. 231-1) ; and South gives one in 1905.

Wingspan details : Forewing 41-48mm, Wingspan 90-106mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Norfolk (viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Kercaszomor, Hungary (13.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Kercaszomor, Hungary (13.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Female showing underside - Nyirad, Hungary (14.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female showing underside - Nyirad, Hungary (14.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Reared from commercial stock - vi.2012 © Neil Sherman
Showing underwings - Kercaszomor, Hungary (13.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
 
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Bred from commercial stock - vii.2012 © Neil Sherman
Bred from commercial stock - vii.2012 © Neil Sherman
Bred from commercial stock - vii.2012 © Neil Sherman
 
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Bred from commercial stock - vii.2012 © Neil Sherman
Between spun Aspen leaves - from commercial stock - vi.2012 © Neil Sherman
Caught in actinic trap - Swanage, Dorset (17.x.2015) © Neil Sherman
 
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Caught in actinic trap - Swanage, Dorset (17.x.2015) © Neil Sherman