Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Photo © Ben Sale,  Gadespring Watercress Beds, Hertfordshire (17/07/12)

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Plain Golden Y
Autographa jota

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2443 / 73.017

General comments:
Declining resident - currently extremely rare or absent.

This was declared to be a Threatened species in Hertfordshire at the end of 2006 (Plant, 2008); the situation has not changed and the reasons remain unclear. It appears now, to be absent from most places where it once flourished and there are fears that we are about to lose this moth from the fauna of our two counties.

Recorded in 31 (76%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/06/2023120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
11/07/2022120SP90 - Berkhamsted
09/07/2022120SP90 - Berkhamsted
08/07/2022120SP90 - Berkhamsted
06/07/2022120SP90 - Berkhamsted
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Forewing: 17-21mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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