The Moths of Suffolk
2465 Four-spotted, Tyta luctuosa, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Na; suspected immigrant

Local Status : Uncertain/Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Previous records from Breckland

Habitats : Hot, dry, open sites with sparse vegetation, including grassland on chalky soils, field margins, commons, embankments and derelict ground

Flight Period : Single or Double-brooded, depending on area, can be seen mid-May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Field Bindweed

Records : near Kirton (S Hearle, 2004; P Waring, 4.vii.2006)

Comments : Recent surveys in the Brecks have failed to uncover this species

Morley's Final Catalogue : A southern insect, extending only to Norfolk, and with us totally confined to the Breck District, where it is sufficiently frequent and shows no sign of diminution. Brandon (Barrett), June 1914 Morley) and a few at light in July (Vivian) Downham (Norgate); Bury (Wrt); Tuddenham (Bloomfield), Worlington, Icklingham, &c. (Trans. ii, p. clxxxiv) in August 1934-5.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-13mm, Wingspan 25-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPale Shoulder, Acontia lucida

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France (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Portland (31.vii.2002) © L Gregory
Dorset (viii.2002) © M Deans
France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Blars, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Portland, Dorset (9.viii.2008) © Lee Gregory
Portland , Dorset (2.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans