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Crimson Speckled
Utetheisa pulchella

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2054 / 72.034

General comments:
Rare Immigrant.

Foster (1937) gives two records: 'Hitchin, 1874 (Tuke)' and 'East Barnet, one on Railway Bank near Oakleigh Park Station, 1892 (Ruhl)'. The railway line that passes through Oakleigh Park Station forms the vice-county boundary between Middlesex and Hertfordshire.This Barnet record is the same as that given in Entomologist : 223 and mentioned by Plant (1993) in Larger moths of the London Area). It is, however, apparently not the same as that mentioned by A. E. Gibbs in his first annual report as Hertfordshire Lepidoptera Recorder (Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society and Field Club : 195) where he records the capture of one at Southgate, by Mr R. Dymond. Allan (1950) lists one taken by F. R. Browning at Hockerill Training College in Bishops Stortford on 10th June 1945 and Bell (1952) lists another taken at Rickmansworth on 15 August 1949 by M. A. Salmon, the latter also noted in the records held by the Ruislip & District Natural History Society.

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Recorded in 4 (10%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 1949.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/1949120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
10/06/1945120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
1892121TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
1874120TL12 - Hitchin (S) / Whitwell
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Forewing: 15-22mm
Flight: May to October (mostly in the autumn)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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