The Moths of Suffolk
2454 Light Crimson Underwing, Catocala promissa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Large mature oak woods

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-July to early September

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak, possible Sessile Oak

Records : No recent records

Morley's Final Catalogue : This beautiful Noctuid, still common in the New Forest, cannot have become totally exstirpated from 'near Ipswich' (Harwood and Garrett, circa 1870), ' Ipswich' (Long, Entom. 1875, 200), ' Bentley and Holbrook' . (Garrett and Tim Last). Insufficient cause emerges.

Wingspan details : Forewing 26-32mm, Wingspan 50-60mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMinsmere Crimson Underwing, Catocala conjuncta
Dark Crimson Underwing, Catocala sponsa

Compare confusion species
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New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Specimen from the collection of Colin W. Plant - France (2006) © Lee Gregory
New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Lee Gregory
New Forest, Hampshire (14.vii.2007) © Matthew Deans
 
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Madjarovo, Bulgaria (17.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Madjarovo, Bulgaria (17.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman
Paler specimen - Madjarovo, Bulgaria (19.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman