The Moths of Suffolk
2154 Cabbage Moth, Mamestra brassicae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, fens, woodland, scrub, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Double or triple-brooded; May to September

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants, including brassicas, also woody plants such as sallows and oaks

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Dot Moth) at Sudbury in 1836 (Ent. Mag. iv, 223); and still abound throughout the County. Of the later (Dot Moth), imagines are sometimes a pest at light in Ipswich and larvae in great profusion (Ransom) at Sudbury.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-22mm, Wingspan 34-50mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite Colon, Sideridis albicolon
Dark Brocade, Blepharita adusta

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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3 7 17 100 11

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Cabbage picked from the garden. - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Found on Cabbage picked from the garden. - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (13.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener
Showing hairy eyes and spur on foreleg tibia. - Ipswich, Suffolk (6.v.2017) © Paul Kitchener