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Dotted Border
Agriopis marginaria
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Spring Usher
Agriopis leucophaearia

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1932 / 70.253

Morley's Final Catalogue: Extremely local, but quite frequent in a few of our larger oak-woods. Stowmarket (B, Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 1857, 28); Sotterley in 1935 (Btn). Always common at Bentley during March; Wherstead (Trans. ii, p.cxlii). Several on telegraph-poles by Kessingland road in 1933 (Gd). On oak-trunk with A. pedaria, in woods near Howards Common at Belton on 15 March 1931 (Wiltshire, in lit. 10 Jan. 1935). Sibton 1937 (Hawley).

Recent Suffolk Status: Locally common. An extremely variable species with many forms.

Life history: Single-brooded. Early records in October, November and December have been noted in the county, especially in recent years. Can be seen flying at dusk in numbers in woodland and both sexes can be found on tree trunks after dark. Larvae are fairly regularly recorded in the county on Oaks, where, along with Winter moth larvae they can defoilate the trees.

Identification: Dotted border is larger and browner. The flightless female Dotted border has very obvious wing stumps whilst female Spring usher has tiny stumps.

Habitat: Woodland, especially Oak woods and parkland.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1931.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/02/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
15/02/2024325TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
15/02/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
15/02/2024225TM28 - Mendham
15/02/2024125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation Dec+Jan-March
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak
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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