Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Mullein
Cucullia verbasci

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2221 / 73.058
=Shargacucullia verbasci

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

Larvae are reported on White Mullein as long ago as 1902 in Batch Wood, St Albans (Barraud, 1903), but more interestingly Foster (1946) records larvae in his garden at Hitchin feeding on Buddleia. Barry Goater also bred this species from a larva on Buddleia in his garden at Bushey in 1978.The adult is usually quite common where found. Examination of the foodplant for larvae is likely to be more productive than light trapping.

Recorded in 30 (73%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1891.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/07/2023120TL31 - Hertford
15/06/20231720TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
14/06/20234520TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
13/06/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
10/06/2023420TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 19-24mm.
Flight: One generation April-May.
Foodplant:   Mullians, figworts and buddleias
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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