Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Cucullia absinthii

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2211 / 73.050

General comments:
Very local resident and also vagrant.

As a resident breeding species this moth is a feature of field edges and similar habitat features on the calcareous ground of North Herts. Outside our area to the east it is a feature of ruderal habitats in the Thames-side region. It may be overlooked and so the distinctive larvae should be searched for by beating the foodplant over a tray in the autumn, as they are far more readily found than the adults.

Recorded in 23 (56%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/08/2022420TL43 - Meesden / Barley
13/07/2022120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
05/09/2021120TL43 - Meesden / Barley
21/07/2018120TL01 - Flamstead
13/07/2017120TL33 - Therfield / Barkway
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Wormwood
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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