Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Nycterosea obstipata

(Fabricius, 1794) 1720 / 70.047
=Orthonama obstipata

Morley's Final Catalogue: No more than two specimens seem to be known with us. One taken at Bury by Nurse, and misnamed Bolitobia fuliginaria (Ent. 1878, 321); and a second that was attracted to electric light in the middle of Ipswich on 5 September 1893 (Mly).

Recent Suffolk Status: A fairly regular immigrant species.

Life history: Multi-brooded. Does breed in some years but cannot survive the UK winter at any stage currently. Appearing later in recent years, into November with a very late/ early record on 1st January 2022 (E. Jackson).

Identification: Unmistakeable. Males and females differ in colour, with females being much darker.

Habitat: Can appear in a wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 30 (52%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/11/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
31/10/2023125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
31/10/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
30/10/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/10/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 12-14mm.
Flight: Arrive April-Nov.
Foodplant:   Various low-growing plants
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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