The Moths of Suffolk
1959 Sloe Carpet, Aleucis distinctata, (Herrich-Schäffer, 1839)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Blackthorn scrub and hedgerows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; April to May

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn

Recent records : Nowton (R Eley, 1985), Brantham (D Nash,1996), Stuston Common (M Hall, 1995), Lineage Wood (SBBC, 1998), Groton Wood (R Kendrick, 1995), Assington Thicks (SMG, 2000), Lavenham (D Underwood, 2002), Great Cornard (S Read, 2002)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Occurs in only the south-east of England, extending north to Essex. The Revd. J. H. Hocking of Copdock extended its known distribution by the capture at light of one there on 23 April 1896, and two more at Belstead during April 1898 (Bloomfield 1900, Suppl.). None noted later.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-14mm, Wingspan 27-31mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultEarly Moth, Theria primaria

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Caught by Stuart Read - Great Cornard, Suffolk (26.iv.2002) © Matthew Deans

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