Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Lempke's Gold Spot
Plusia putnami
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Gold Spot
Plusia festucae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2439 / 73.022

General comments:
Immigrant - perhaps an extremely local resident.

Formerly scarce, but there has been a significant increase in the number of sites recorded, beginning in 2010. The look-alike species, Lempke's Gold Spot is absent from our area: Any claimed occurrence must be supported by a voucher specimen that will need to be dissected (genitalia) as a minimum and very probably confirmed by DNA bar-coding.

Recorded in 22 (54%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1896.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
23/08/2023120SP91 - Tring
20/08/2023120TL31 - Hertford
10/08/2023120SP91 - Tring
15/08/2022120SP91 - Tring
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Forewing: 14-19mm.
Flight: June-July. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Sedges, Yellow Iris, Branched Bur-reed, Water-plantain
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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