The Moths of Suffolk
2118 True Lover's Knot, Lycophotia porphyrea, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Very common in heathland areas

Habitats : Heathland, but may wander to neighbouring habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to August

Larval foodplants : heathers; Heather and Bell Heather

Morley's Final Catalogue : On heaths; becoming scarce. Noticed at Gorleston (Mr) and Martlesham (D) only since 1890, when it was known to occur at Foxhall heath, Blaxhall, Dunwich, Lowestoft, Herringfleet; and in the Breck at Tuddenham and Brandon.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 26-34mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGothic, Naenia typica
Small Dark Yellow Underwing, Anarta cordigera

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Barnham (14.vi.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night on Heather - North Warren, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman
Lower Hollesley Common, Suffolk (8.vi.2006) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (27.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman