The Moths of Suffolk
1663 March Moth, Alsophila aescularia, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant species

Habitats : Predominantly woodland but may occur in most habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late February to April

Larval foodplants : A variety of broad-leaved trees and shrubs - found locally on hawthorn (Crataegus), oak (Quercus) and hazel (Corylus avellana)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common throughout the County in March and April, from Bentley to Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 34-38mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Rendham (iii.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford (12.iv.2001) © L Gregory
Beaten from Blackthorn - Hinderclay fen, Suffolk (30.v.2010) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (21.iii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Female - reared from larva beaten from Oak in May 2011 - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.ii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Pair - female reared from larva collected 2011, male trapped at light - Ipswich, Suffolk (20.ii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iii.2017) © Paul Kitchener