Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Tim Blackburn,  Tufnell Park, Middlesex (31/10/23)

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(Esper, 1788) 2246a / 73.223

General comments:
Immigrant. Perhaps now an extremely local resident.

Formerly a scarce migrant but now established and breeding near the south coast. In Middlesex, the first example was taken in 2017; in Hertfordshire it was first noted in 2020. It is now a regular annual immigrant in very small numbers, with most reports affecting November.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 8 (20%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2017.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/12/2023120TL31 - Hertford
14/11/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
30/10/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
29/10/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
08/10/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: One generation, October to December
Foodplant:   Evergreen (Holm) Oak
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce / Immigrant
Former Status: Recent colonist / Suspected immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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