Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Dingy Shears
Fissipunctia ypsillon

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2314 / 73.222
=Apterogenum ypsillon
=Parastichtis ypsillon

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

Although other willows and perhaps poplars might be eaten by the larvae, Crack Willow has a limited distribution in the county and might in part affect the distribution of the moth, which is certainly at its most numerous in the Lea and Stort Valleys. Damp woodlands with suitable trees will likely produce these species although that habitat is increasingly scarce in the county. Perhaps under-recorded because of its rather non-descript appearance.

Recorded in 32 (78%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
15/07/2023121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
09/07/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
08/07/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
08/07/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
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Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Willows, sallows and poplars
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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