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View field tip detailsSpecies 2313 Angle-striped Sallow, Enargia paleacea, (Esper, 1788)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May to early June
Foodplants birches, Betula spp.
Tip The larvae is to be found at the end of May or beginning of June on birch. Beat the lower branches hard. The larva is very sickly looking, and, before I knew them, I used to throw them away thinking that they were ichneumoned (Corbett) [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2085 Archer's Dart, Agrotis vestigialis, (Hufnagel, 1766)
2099 Portland Moth, Actebia praecox, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants Creeping Willow/Dwarf Sallow, Salix repens
Tip From tufts of the foodplant on the Culbin sands, in May 24th, I dug out 156 larva of Portland Moth and several of Archer's Dart (Norman) [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2253 Black-banded, Polymixis xanthomista, (Hübner, 1819)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants Thrift, Armeria maritima
Tip The larvae are to be found by day around the roots of Thrift or on the blossoms by night (Newman). We believe Sea Plantain is the more usual foodplant. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2466 Blackneck, Lygephila pastinum, (Treitschke, 1826)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants vetches, Vicia spp.
Tip The almost full-fed larvae may be found feeding on the foodplant by night, and by searching among the herbage at the roots by day [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris fuciformis, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Imago
Time of year late May to early June
Tip The adults fly in the morning and afternoon sunshine; specially fond of rhododendrons [Tutt]
Photographs
1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris fuciformis
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1791 Brown Scallop, Philereme vetulata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants Buckthorn, Rhamnus catharticus
Tip During the first week of May the young larvae mine the young shoots, their presence being indicated by the drooping condition of the young twigs. After a week or so they emerge from the mine, and live in the shelter made by spinning two or three young leaves together. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1770 Chestnut-coloured Carpet, Thera cognata, (Thunberg, 1792)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May to June
Foodplants Juniper, Juniperus communis
Tip Beat for larvae [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1792 Dark Umber, Philereme transversata, (Hufnagel, 1767)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year mid May to early June
Foodplants Alder Buckthorn, Frangula alnus
Buckthorn, Rhamnus catharticus
Tip The larvae are to be found and should be beaten for [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2036 Dew Moth, Setina irrorella, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants Lichens
Tip The larvae feed on a ground lichen, which grows amongst the grass, often just outside the tide-mark. They afterwards feed fairly well on the grey lichens, which are not uncommon on apple and other trees (Crewe). Also occurs inland, at Box Hill, &c. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2314 Dingy Shears, Parastichtis ypsillon, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
2452 Red Underwing, Catocala nupta, (Linnaeus, 1767)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants sallows and willows, Salix spp.
Tip The larvae of Dingy Shears can be obtained in abundance beneath the loose bark of willow trees, where they hide by day. They go up at night to feed. The larvae of Red Underwing may often be found in the same places [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2311 Double Kidney, Ipimorpha retusa, (Linnaeus, 1761)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants sallows and willows, Salix spp.
Tip It pays to search sallow bushes, not to beat them, for the larvae, which prefer sallows with leaves of thin texture; they are also found on willows [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1862 Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata, (Haworth, 1809)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants gorses, Ulex spp.
Tip The larvae may be beaten from furze blossoms [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2275 Dusky-lemon Sallow, Xanthia gilvago, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants elms, Ulmus spp.
Tip At the end of May the larvae are usually abundant locally on elm [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1857 Dwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria, Boisduval, 1840
Taxon stage Imago
Time of year May
Foodplants spruces, Picea spp.
Tip Beat and search spruce for adults [Tutt]
Photographs
1857 Dwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria1857 Dwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria
Tangham (24.iv.2004) © A Prichard
Friday Street, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1643 Emperor Moth, Saturnia pavonia, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Ova
Time of year May
Tip The eggs are to be found on ling, sallow, &c., laid round and round a twig, and not at all unlike a small bunch of dried flowers of heathers [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1665 Grass Emerald, Pseudoterpna pruinata, (Hufnagel, 1767)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants Petty Whin, Genista anglica
Tip Search or beat for larvae [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2005 Great Prominent, Peridea anceps, (Goeze, 1781)
Taxon stage Imago
Time of year mid May to mid June
Tip The adults are best taken from the middle of May to the middle of June upon the trunks of oak, about one to four feet from the ground (Mawson) [Tutt]
Photographs
2005 Great Prominent, Peridea anceps
Kent (24.iv.2004) © L Gregory
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Location Kent,Essex,Suffolk
Tip The larvae (small in May and still gregarious) are exceedingly abundant on a large variety of plants on the saltings of the Kent and Essex coasts, will feed freely on common garden chrysanthemums. [Tutt]
Photographs
1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis
Larval clump - Boyton (1.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Larva on Sea Wormwood - Havergate Island, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman
Larval web - Boyton (1.vi.2003) © A Prichard
 
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2135 Heath Rustic, Xestia agathina, (Duponchel, 1827)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May to June
Foodplants heathers, Erica spp.
Tip In sweeping for heather for the larvae it is well to select the larger larvae only as being less likely to be ichneumoned; the parasites appear to leave the 'stung' larvae when the latter are about two-thirds grown (Collins) [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2045 Hoary Footman, Eilema caniola, (Hübner, 1808)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Location Romney Marsh
Tip The larvae have been found commonly on Romney Marsh, on the low plants growing on the shingle just above the high-water mark. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1642 Lappet, Gastropacha quercifolia, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants hawthorns, Crataegus spp.
apple, Malus spp.
Crab-apple, Malus sylvestris
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa
Tip The larvae should be sought on blackthorn, buckthorn, resting low down during the day; it comes up and feeds by night, and is common on Wicken Fen [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1666 Large Emerald, Geometra papilionaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants Hazel, Corylus avellana
Tip The larvae, almost full-fed, are to be found firmly attached by the anal claspers to the twigs or birch, alder and hazel. Their resemblance to the catkins is remarkable. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2185 Lead-coloured Drab, Orthosia populeti, (Fabricius, 1781)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants poplars, Populus spp.
Tip The larvae are to be found between flatly united leaves of poplar [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2185 Lead-coloured Drab, Orthosia populeti, (Fabricius, 1781)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants poplars, Populus spp.
Aspen, Populus tremula
Tip The larvae spins two poplar (or aspen) leaves together, one upon the other, and lives between. The larva is easily seen against the light. It is very transparent, and almost colourless, of a yellowish-white tint with a black head. Often high up on tall trees. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2316 Lesser-spotted Pinion, Cosmia affinis, (Linnaeus, 1767)
2317 White-spotted Pinion, Cosmia diffinis, (Linnaeus, 1767)
2319 Lunar-spotted Pinion, Cosmia pyralina, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year late May
Foodplants elms, Ulmus spp.
Tip Beat elms for the larvae. The Lesser-spotted Pinion may be beaten from the lower branches, and though White-spotted Pinion oftens occurs commonly in the same localities as its congener, the larvae are generally much more difficult to obtain. Do they feed higher up the trees? [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1910 Lilac Beauty, Apeira syringaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May
Foodplants Wild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
Tip The larvae are to be found feeding on the low-growing honeysuckle in woods (also affect privet and lilac) [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1910 Lilac Beauty, Apeira syringaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year May, September to October
Foodplants Wild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
Tip The larvae hibernates small and may be found on its foodplant. [Tutt]
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1999 Lobster Moth, Stauropus fagi, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stage Imago
Time of year late May to early June
Tip The trunks of trees in beechwoods should be well worked for the adults [Tutt]
Photographs
1999 Lobster Moth, Stauropus fagi
Ramsey Wood, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 1812 Maple Pug, Eupithecia inturbata, (Hübner, 1817)
Taxon stage Larva
Time of year mid May to late May
Foodplants Field Maple, Acer campestre
Tip In the last week of May the flowers should be first searched and then beaten for larvae. The larvae feed on and in maple bloom in May. They feed up rapidly, pupate in or near the surface of the soil or among the food-plants, and are very easy to rear [Tutt]
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Photographs
1812 Maple Pug, Eupithecia inturbata1812 Maple Pug, Eupithecia inturbata
Larva on Field Maple - Bentley, Suffolk (15.v.2006) © A Prichard
Larva on Field Maple - Bentley, Suffolk (15.v.2006) © A Prichard
 
 
View field tip detailsSpecies 2401 Marbled Clover, Heliothis viriplaca, (Hufnagel, 1766)
Taxon stage Imago
Time of year late May to early June
Foodplants Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Tip It flies abundantly at the blossom of Lotus corniculatus (with which the denes near Great Yarmouth are covered) in late May and early June (Harmer) [Tutt]
Photographs
2401 Marbled Clover, Heliothis viriplaca2401 Marbled Clover, Heliothis viriplaca
Norfolk (5.viii.2004) © L Gregory
Sizewell Dunes, Suffolk (vii.1999) © N Sherman