The Moths of Suffolk
2462 Mother Shipton, Callistege mi, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local, mainly in the Brecks and the Sandlings

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early July

Larval foodplants : clovers, Lucerne, Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, Black Medick and grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : In rough ' Suffolk' (Stephens, 1831) pastures; becoming local. Recently noticed at Belstead, Bentley Woods, Hogs Highland; Waldringfield, Aldeburgh, Monks Soham; Hopton, Lound, Bradwell, Belton, Burgh Castle; Lakenheath sandhills, Brandon and Tuddenham Fen.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 30-34mm


Confusion species : None

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Kings Forest (26.v.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Angelica seedhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Chalk Lane, King's Forest, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (9.v.2009) © Lee Gregory