The Moths of Suffolk
2455 Dark Crimson Underwing, Catocala sponsa, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Locally extinct, very rare migrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Large mature oak woods

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

Larval foodplants : Pedunculate Oak, possibly Sessile Oak

Records : Dunwich Heath (14.viii.2007, C Moore)

Morley's Final Catalogue : An historic species with us. Taken very rarely about 1870 at both Bentley and Holbrook by Garrett and Tim Last; but not recorded later, and now most likely extinct, though the latter locality is well wooded and recently quite unworked.

Wingspan details : Forewing 29-34mm, Wingspan 58-74mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMinsmere Crimson Underwing, Catocala conjuncta
Light Crimson Underwing, Catocala promissa

Compare confusion species
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Hampshire (vii.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Caught by C. Moore & D. Brougham - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (13.viii.2007) © Matthew Deans
Reared from commercial stock - 2013 © Neil Sherman
Reared from commercial stock - 2013 © Neil Sherman
 
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Reared from commercial stock - 2013 © Neil Sherman