Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Feathered Ranunculus
Polymixis lichenea
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Large Ranunculus
Polymixis flavicincta

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2252 / 73.237

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

Although fairly widespread across the county, there is a definite preference on the part of this moth for gardens. This might imply a larval food plant link, microclimate variation or other factors, but whatever the reason it is entirely possible to spend a night out in the woods and catch no Large Ranunculus then return home to a garden trap not all that far away brimming with them.

Recorded in 31 (76%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/10/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
08/10/2023120SP90 - Berkhamsted
08/10/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
08/10/2023121TQ28 - Hendon / Hampstead / Camden
07/10/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
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Forewing: 17-22mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-Oct.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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