Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Lakenheath Warren, Suffolk. June 2017.

Immature stages

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Bright-line Brown-eye
Lacanobia oleracea
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Broom Moth
Ceramica pisi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2163 / 73.271
=Melanchra pisi

Morley's Final Catalogue: Referring also to Bright-line brown-eye: Both are common and levelly distributed throughout the County. The former (Bright line brown-eye) first noted here at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 223).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local, mainly in the Sandlings and Breck. Some evidence of a recent decline in Suffolk.

Life history: Single-brooded. Recorded at light in small numbers. The colourful and obvious larvae have been recorded in the county occasionally.

Identification: Bright-line brown-eye has a whitish outer line with a clear W mark. Broom moth has a creamy line which is more uneven.

Habitat: Heathland, open woodland, grassland.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
03/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
28/07/2023125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
18/07/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
28/06/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Forewing: 16-20mm.
Flight: late May to July
Foodplant:   Various herbaceous plants
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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