Noctuidae : Hadeninae
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Clay
Mythimna ferrago
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White-point
Mythimna albipuncta

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2194 / 73.297

General comments:
Widespread resident.

Not listed for Hertfordshire in the Victoria County History (Gibbs, 1902) nor by Foster (1937). Our first record was of one in A. L. Goodson's light trap at Tring on 11th October 1959, a part of a particularly large immigration of moths at that time. It remained an occasional immigrant until suddenly, during 2007 adults were caught in high numbers across the two counties - either as a mass immigration or as a mass emergence? The following years, from 2007 to 2022, generated similar results and it is now clear that very few records align with immigration dates. We consider it to have been established as a resident in both counties in 2007, though we have yet to find larvae.

Recorded in 34 (83%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/11/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
16/10/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
15/10/2023121TQ16 - Sunbury / Hampton Court
11/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
10/10/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: May-Nov (mostly July-Sept)
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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