Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Photo © Steve Woolnough,  3rd August 2018 Mendlesham Green

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Similar Suffolk Species
White Colon
Sideridis turbida
Dark Brocade
Mniotype adusta
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Cabbage Moth
Mamestra brassicae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2154 / 73.274

Morley's Final Catalogue: Referring also to Dot moth: Both at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 223); and still abound throughout the county. Of the later (Dot moth), imagines are sometimes a pest at light in Ipswich and larvae in great profusion (Ransom) at Sudbury.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common resident species with numbers boosted by immigration.

Life history: Probably double-brooded in Suffolk, with records from April till October, but most numerous in August and September. Comes to light in small numbers and also noted on sugar/wine ropes fairly regularly. Larvae can be found at night in gardens, feeding on various plants including Brassicas.

Identification: The similar White colon doesn't have a w mark in the outer line. The Dark brocade has a clear black bar in the centre of the forewing.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1836.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/10/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/09/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
17/09/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
17/09/2023126TL68 - Sedge Fen
16/09/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-22mm.
Flight: Two (Three) generations May-Oct.
Foodplant:   Brassicas, Cabbages etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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