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Photo © Henry Wyn-Jones,  Alexandra Palace Park, Middlesex (2023)

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Light Crimson Underwing
Catocala promissa
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Dark Crimson Underwing
Catocala sponsa

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2455 / 72.081

General comments:

Completely unrecorded here until two examples of this migrant species were recorded on 23 July 2019 in Harpenden and 2nd August 2019 at Maple Lodge. Further examples are two taken in Bramfield Woods and Harpenden amd Welwyn Garden City in July 2020, Oxhey in 18th September 2021 and then Watton-at-Stone, Royston and Twickenham in the last week of July 2022. The moth is resident in Hampshire and perhaps elsewhere, but our examples are at best vagrants and more likely primary immigrants.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 9 (22%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2019.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
30/07/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
01/08/2022120TL10 - St Albans
30/07/2022120TL34 - Royston (S)
30/07/2022121TQ17 - Brentford / Hounslow / Richmond
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Forewing: 29-34mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, Sessile Oak
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare / Immigrant
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Red Data Book / Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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