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Antler Moth
Cerapteryx graminis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2176 / 73.254

Morley's Final Catalogue: Common but restricted to the light lands, where imagines are often conspicuous on ragwort flowers in hot sunshine. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Ipswich occasionally at light, Foxhall, Bixley, Hemley at light; Friday-street in Rendlesham (Vinter); Glemham Magna, Bungay, Barnby Broad, Beccles, Lowestoft, Fritton, Burgh Castle, Gorleston: Bury, Tuddenham.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common, mainly in the Sandlings, along the coast and in the Breck.

Life history: Single-brooded. Adults regularly noted at light traps, as well as flying rapidly over the habitat in the daytime in warm weather. Larvae have been found at night in acid grassland habitat in the county in spring.

Identification: Unmistakeable. Females are larger than the males.

Habitat: Heathland, acid grassland, coastal grassland.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
20/09/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
17/09/2023225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/09/2023525TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
08/09/20231025TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Forewing: 12-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses, sedges and rushes
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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