Notodontidae : Dicranurinae
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Photo © Gary Lowe,  11/06/2020 - Chesterfield Lodge, Boyton

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Great Prominent
Peridea anceps
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Dicallomera fascelina
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Lobster Moth
Stauropus fagi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1999 / 71.009

Morley's Final Catalogue: Wide spread, but quite rare with us, occurring nearly always singly: unknown here in 1858. Holbrook (Garrett); Bentley (Ml); Ipswich (Entom. 1871, 452); larva once beaten by Lingwood in Shrubland Park (Platten). Two at Mildenhall in 1935 (Btn); one in sandy lane at Tuddenham St. Mary in 1901 (Blair); I beat a single larva in 1911 at West Stow, where Mr. Wratislaw obtained the species forty years ago, but the insect must be very rare in west Suffolk (Nurse). At light in woods during 1937: Belstead (Btn) and Sotterley (Mitton).

Recent Suffolk Status: Relatively common, particularly along the Sandlings and in west Suffolk.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Lobster moth rests with the hindwings protruding in front of the forewings unlike the slightly similar Great Prominent.

Habitat: Mainly woodland and large gardens.

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1901.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
29/04/2024125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
28/07/2023+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
23/07/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
09/07/2023126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
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Forewing: 24-33mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder, Oak, Beech
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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