The Moths of Suffolk
1933 Scarce Umber, Agriopis aurantiaria, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and infrequent

Habitats : Open broad-leaved woodland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; October to December, the odd record in the spring

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including birches, hazel, oak, blackthorn, hawthorns and field maple

Morley's Final Catalogue : Very far from common, perhaps overlooked through its Novemher d6but. Since 1890, noted only sparingly at Ipswich lights in 1894 and on oak-trunks at Bentley Woods in 1895 (Morley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-21mm, Wingspan male 40-44mm, female almost wingless

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDotted Border, Agriopis marginaria
Mottled Umber, Erannis defoliaria

Compare confusion species
    Adult

Click to view full size image
Bawdsey (xi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
100 46

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
ova ova ova ova larva larva larva pupa pupa imago imago ova

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2004) © N Sherman
Larva beaten from Oak - Wolves Wood, Suffolk (21.v.2006) © A Prichard
Female found after dark by torchlight on oak tree trunk - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2008) © Neil Sherman
 
Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Male and female - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (20.xi.2014) © Paul Kitchener