The Moths of Suffolk
2469 Herald, Scoliopteryx libatrix, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, scrub, fens, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Literature states this species is single-brooded on the wing from August to November. Suffolk records have occurred from mid-February to mid-December, showing a small peak from April to May and a large peak from July to early August

Larval foodplants : willows, Aspen, poplars

Morley's Final Catalogue : Scattered throughout the County, but far less profusely than in southern England. Recently noted at Bentley Woods, Melton, occasionally hibernating in Monks Soham House during 1905-30, Beccles, Fritton, Hopton and Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 19-23mm, Wingspan 44-48mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye (17.iii.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night on blackberries - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2004) © N Sherman
Lakenheath (15.iv.2004) © L Gregory
On sallow - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk (26.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman