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Antler Moth
Cerapteryx graminis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2176 / 73.254
Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Shottisham, 3 September 2022

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Similar Species: None
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
Morley's Final Catalogue: Common but restricted to the light lands, where imagines are often conspicuous on ragwort flowers in hot sunshine. Copdock, Bentley Woods, Ipswich occasionally at light, Foxhall, Bixley, Hemley at light; Friday-street in Rendlesham (Vinter); Glemham Magna, Bungay, Barnby Broad, Beccles, Lowestoft, Fritton, Burgh Castle, Gorleston: Bury, Tuddenham.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common, mainly in the Sandlings, along the coast and in the Breck.

Life history: Single-brooded. Adults regularly noted at light traps, as well as flying rapidly over the habitat in the daytime in warm weather. Larvae have been found at night in acid grassland habitat in the county in spring.

Identification: Unmistakeable. Females are larger than the males.

Habitat: Heathland, acid grassland, coastal grassland.

Recorded in 42 (72%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 10 Records
24/09/2023125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
20/09/2023125TM23Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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