The Moths of Suffolk
2182 Small Quaker, Orthosia cruda, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Broad-leaved woodland, heathland,, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-February to mid-May

Larval foodplants : Various deciduous trees; mainly oaks, Downy birch, Hazel, sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant, though less so than Common Quaker and Hebrew Character, with which it frequents sallows everywhere.

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-15mm, Wingspan 28-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBlossom Underwing, Orthosia miniosa
Common Quaker, Orthosia cerasi

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (11.iii.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman
Thetford (11.iv.2001) © L Gregory
 
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Dark form. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2006) © Neil Sherman
Larva beaten from oak - Wolves Wood, Suffolk (21.v.2006) © A Prichard
Larva beaten from oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (29.v.2006) © A Prichard
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (9.iv.2010) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vi.2010) © Neil Sherman