The Moths of Suffolk
1631 December Moth, Poecilocampa populi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, but also occurring occasionally in scrubland, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single brooded, late October to December

Larval foodplants : A variety of broad-leaved trees, including oak, birch, elm, hawthorn and Blackthorn

Morley's Final Catalogue : Comes tapping at one's lighted window everywhere in early November. Recent observations are from Copdock, where a dozen flew in on 17 November 1897; Ipswich street-lamps; Waldringfield; not rare at Needham; Bury; Monks Soham, Thorndon in 1922, Hoxne in Dec. 1924 (N. B. Garrard); Bamby Broad; Fritton Lake in late October 1932.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-22mm, Wingspan 38-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSmall Eggar, Eriogaster lanestris

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Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (24.xi.1999) © Paul Kitchener
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2004) © N Sherman
Beaten from Hazel - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Brown form - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2002) © N Sherman
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Bred from eggs obtained from a female trapped in 2007 - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
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Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman