The Moths of Suffolk
2473 Beautiful Hook-tip, Laspeyria flexula, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Woodland, parkland, scrub, hedgerows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : lichens growing on twigs and branches of trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably commoner here than elsewhere in Britain. Dodnash Wood (Hkg), Bentley (Pyett), at light in Bishops House at Ipswich.1925 (Bp.), Akenham, occasionally at Waldringfield (Wlr). For the duration of some ten days, about 1849, a dozen were shaken every morning from a hawthorn-hedge at Brandeston by Revd. J. Greene (id., lit. 10 Jan. 1901). Monks Soham, annually at light about 10.15 p.m., 1912-34 (Mly). Swefling; Sudbourn in 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80); Walberswick and Southwold in 1897 (Ctw). Stowmarket, Hardwick (Norgate), Tuddenham (Sparke), Brandon. Beccles, Bungay (Mn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 28-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultScalloped Hook-tip, Falcaria lacertinaria
Lesser Belle, Colobochyla salicalis

Compare confusion species
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Cambridgeshire (11.vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Monmouthshire (24.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (22.ix.2006) © Matthew Deans
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2007) © Neil Sherman
Spexhall, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans