Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Cucullia verbasci

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2221 / 73.058
=Shargacucullia verbasci

Morley's Final Catalogue: Our sole common species of the genus, everywhere on mullein and figwort. I found the larvae in September 1821 in profusion in Mr. Kirby's garden at Barham, feeding on a Verbascum; also found in Suffolk by W. C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens iii, 85-6). Wherstead, Martlesham, Southwold; Bury, Higham, Tuddenham, Barton Mills, Brandon, Lakenheath.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common. Still the most regularly recorded species of this group of moth, especially as a larva.

Life history: Single-brooded. Comes to light in small numbers. Has been found at rest in the daytime on fences and garden furniture. The colourful larvae are regularly recorded commonly throughout the county, where the damage they do to Mullein plants is very obvious. Has also been found feeding on garden Buddleias.

Identification: Flies earlier in the year than Star-wort and Striped lychnis. The latter species is now extinct in Suffolk.

Habitat: Disturbed ground, field edges, gardens, Breck grassland, woodland rides, costal sites.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1821.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/06/2023+25TM03 - East Bergholt
19/06/2023325TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
17/06/2023625TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/06/2023226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
14/06/2023826TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
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Forewing: 19-24mm.
Flight: One generation April-May.
Foodplant:   Mulleins, figworts and buddleias
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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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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