The Moths of Suffolk
986 Syndemis musculana, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to mid-June

Larval foodplants : On the leaves of birches (Betula), brambles (Rubus), oaks (Quercus), spruces (Picea), Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi) or Shore Pine (Pinus contortata)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent by wood-beating. Bentley Woods on poplar in May, Dodnash Wood, Ipswich; Letheringham Park; at Monks Soham light in June; Blythburgh Wood, Southwold, Weston; Gorleston palings. Unnoticed in the west, excepting Monks-park Wood in 1935.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultChoristoneura diversana

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Roydon Common, Norfolk (28.iv.2007) © Lee Gregory
Dunwich, Suffolk (16.v.2015) © Paul Kitchener