Geometridae : Sterrhinae
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False Mocha
Cyclophora porata
Clay Triple-lines
Cyclophora linearia
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Blair's Mocha
Cyclophora puppillaria

(Hübner, 1799) 1678 / 70.033

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not known from the county in Morley's time.

Recent Suffolk Status: Scarce immigrant. First seen in Suffolk in 1996, in the King's Forest (R. Eley). Not seen again until 2007 when one was taken at Purdis Farm, Ipswich the first VC25 record (N. Sherman). Occasional coastal records up until 2022 when an influx occurred in the autumn with 8 records logged, coinciding with warm winds from southern Europe.

Life history: Multi brooded on the continent. Suffolk records mainly in the autumn apart from the 2007 record which was in May.

Identification: False mocha is more coarsely freckled and has darker patches on outer edge of forewing. Second brood Clay triple lines have a more strongly hooked forewing tip and usually show some cross lines.

Habitat: Coastal habitats.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (14%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1996.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/11/2022125TM59 - Lowestoft
30/10/2022+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/10/2022125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
29/10/2022125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
29/10/2022125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 12-15mm.
Flight: Arrive Aug-Oct.
Foodplant:   Evergreen Oak, Strawberry-tree, Rock roses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Not Assessed / Immigrant
Former Status: Scarce Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 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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