The Moths of Suffolk
2280 Miller, Acronicta leporina, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, heathland, fens, scrub and urban areas

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

Larval foodplants : Downy and Silver Birch, Alder, also Grey Willow, Aspen, Black-poplar and oaks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very thinly scattered around Ipswich at Bentley (formerly), one at Hemley (Wlr) and one at light in Martlesham (D) Aldringham in 1930 (Wiltshire); Beccles (Crf perhaps extinct) and in the Breck before 1890 at Tuddenham Fen (Wrt, Suff. Inst. 1870,220), Downham and Thetford. Larvae singly in Blythburgh Wood, 1936 (Gd & D).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-21mm, Wingspan 38-43mm


Confusion species : None

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Eye, Suffolk ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thorpeness (21.vii.2001) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (2.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
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Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2012) © A Prichard