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Feathered Thorn
Colotois pennaria

(Linnaeus, 1761) 1923 / 70.244

Morley's Final Catalogue: Frequent everywhere in October, but little noted through the late date. Recently observed at Bentley Woods, freely at Ipswich lights: Aldeburgh (D), Belton (Wiltshire); annually at Monks Soham light in November 1907-34.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been found fairly commonly in the county in the spring on various trees including Sallows and Crack willow.

Identification: Fairly unmistakeable, as no other species that flies late in the year looks similar.

Habitat: Various habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 50 (86%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1907.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/12/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
28/11/2023125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
23/11/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
23/11/20231126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
23/11/2023+25TM14 - Ipswich
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-Dec.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
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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