Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Anarta trifolii

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2145 / 73.255
=Discestra trifolii

General comments:
Widespread resident.

Those who use "English" names should be warned that some older entomologists refer to trifolii as the "Small Nutmeg" and in so doing might use "Nutmeg" to imply by default Apamea anceps. Moral of the story - please use scientific names for all moths!

The goosefoots (Chenopodium) and oraches (Atriplex) that provide the caterpillar with food are characteristic plants of disturbed (ruderal) ground, and so the moth may be expected, at least fancifully, along field margins, railway embankments, road verges and in gardens.

Recorded in 33 (80%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/10/2023120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
09/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
14/09/2023120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
09/09/2023120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
07/09/2023120TL31 - Hertford
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Forewing: 14-18mm.
Flight: Two generations April-June. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants Goosefoots
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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