The Moths of Suffolk
2281 Alder Moth, Acronicta alni, (Linnaeus, 1767)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Reasonably widespread and common

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, heathland, carr, fens, and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early July

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees; Downy Birch, Alder, Goat Willow, oaks and elms

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently rarer than in 1890, when it had been found at Woolverstone, (not Ipswich by Bree); Glemham Magna (Bloomfield) ; Needham (L) ; Finburgh (Levett) ; Culford and West Stow (Wrt). Thence we know it only in a wood near Barham Green (Sparke) and a larva at Bungay (Mn).

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 37-43mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wyken Wood, Suffolk (27.v.2005) © Lee Gregory
Wyken Wood, Suffolk (27.v.2005) © Lee Gregory
f. suffusa - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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Woolpit, Suffolk (11.vi.2006) © Paul Bryant
f. suffusa - Woolpit, Suffolk (25.v.2009) © P Bryant
Bawdsey, Suffolk (v.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Found on oak (Quercus) - Ipswich, Suffolk (6.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman