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Birch Mocha
Cyclophora albipunctata
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False Mocha
Cyclophora porata

(Linnaeus, 1767) 1679 / 70.035

Morley's Final Catalogue: Scattered apparently thinly, over all the County excepting the north-east. One at dusk in Bentley Woods on 9 August 1899 (Mly); Copdock on 14 May 1896 (Hkg); Ipswich (Stn. Manual); Aldeburgh (Hele); Southwold in 1891 (Ctw). Needham (C); once at Bury (Norgate); West Stow (Wrt); Mildenhall (Skepper, Sparke).

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct. Last record in Suffolk was in 2009, in the Brecks. In steep decline nationally.

Life history: Double brooded.

Identification: Birch mocha is cream, not buff. Second brood Clay triple lines lack freckling.

Habitat: Scrubby Oak woodland on heathland. Said not to prefer Oaks growing in woodland.

Verification Grade Comment: Any record will need to be confirmed with a specimen or good photograph

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1891.
Last Recorded in 2009.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/06/2009+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/08/2005126TL88 - Thetford
08/06/2004226TL88 - Thetford
28/07/2001+26TL88 - Thetford
18/05/2001126TL88 - Thetford
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Forewing: 12-14mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Jul-Aug.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak Sessile Oak
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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