The Moths of Suffolk
2227 Sprawler, Asteroscopus sphinx, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late October to November

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees - found locally on oaks, Hazel, Field Maple

Comments : Potentially under-recorded due to the late flight period

Morley's Final Catalogue : Scarce, though males come copiously to light in one or two densely-timbered districts. Bentley, Ipswich; Lowestoft, Beccles; Bury and Tuddenham (ante 1890). Ipswich at light in 1895-8 (Baylis, Pyett, Platten); Bungay on 31 October 1900 (Mn); Waldringfield in 1923 (T. N. Waller); Bury in 1931 (Mr); Sotterley in 1935 (Btn); numerous in mid-November 1933 at Sibton (Trans. ii, 291).

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-22mm, Wingspan 38-48mm


Confusion species : None

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Ramsey Wood, 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 (18.xi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Bred from female - Ramsey Wood, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (15.xi.2016) © Paul Kitchener