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Similar Suffolk Species
Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum
Dark Sword-grass
Agrotis ipsilon
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Pearly Underwing
Peridroma saucia

(Hübner, 1808) 2119 / 73.307

Morley's Final Catalogue: Also referring to Dark sword-grass: Quite common on sugar in autumn from Bentley Woods to Gorleston. The former (Pearly underwing) seems hardly less restricted in its range now than the latter: they sometimes sit on the tree-trunk cheek by jowl.

Recent Suffolk Status: A fairly regular immigrant species to the county.

Life history: Multi-brooded. Has been seen right into December in Suffolk.

Identification: Turnip moth is similar, but slightly smaller and has a dart mark on the wing. Dark sword-grass lacks the black marks.

Habitat: As an immigrant species could turn up anywhere, but normally recorded near the coast.

Recorded in 43 (74%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/12/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
22/10/2023425TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
09/10/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
27/09/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/09/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: Recorded all months (most Sept-Oct)
Foodplant:   Low growing plants, Dandelion etc
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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