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Antler Moth
Cerapteryx graminis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2176 / 73.254

Recent Suffolk Status: Common

Life history: This very attractive and distinctive moth can be found commonly over much of Suffolk but is most abundant in areas with rough grassland where the larvae feed on various species of grasses such as Sheep's Fescue and Purple Moor-grass.

Identification: Males are considerably smaller than the females but both sexes have a characteristic pale 'antler' pattern on the forewing with various shades of brown with black lines.

The adults frequently fly during the day, especially in morning sunshine but the are also commonly caught in light traps.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/09/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/08/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
23/08/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
17/08/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
15/08/2023125TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
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Forewing: 12-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses, sedges and rushes
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 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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