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Vapourer
Orgyia antiqua
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Scarce Vapourer
Orgyia recens

(Hübner, 1819) 2025 / 72.018

General comments:
Possible extinct resident.

There are three published records for this nationally rare moth, though two may perhaps relate to the same record. A single larva was found on an oak tree at Bricket Wood in 1884 (Griffith, 1890). It is listed "once" for the Haileybury School area prior to 1888 (Bowyer, 1888) and Foster (1937) notes both "Haileybury once (Bowyer)"; and "Formerly on the Heath (School List)". The reference to "The Heath" might relate to Hertford Heath, but there is no data to support that assumption. Volume 9 of Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland shows a pre-1960 map dot in the west, but this relates to a Buckinghamshire record.

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Recorded in 2 (5%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 1887.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1887120TL31 - Hertford
1884120TL10 - St Albans
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Forewing: M 13-17mm.
Flight: One generation June-July. (partial Aug-Oct)
Foodplant:   Hawthorns, oaks and sallows (plus others)
Red List: Endangered (EN)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
Former Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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