Noctuidae : Psaphidinae
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Asteroscopus sphinx

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2227 / 73.065

Morley's Final Catalogue: Scarce, though males come copiously to light in one or two densely-timbered districts. Bentley, Ipswich; Lowestoft, Beccles; Bury and Tuddenham (ante 1890). Ipswich at light in 1895-8 (Baylis, Pyett, Platten); Bungay on 31 October 1900 (Mn); Waldringfield in 1923 (T. N. Waller); Bury in 1931 (Mr); Sotterley in 1935 (Btn); numerous in mid-November 1933 at Sibton (Trans. ii, 291).

Recent Suffolk Status: Common. Some evidence of a slight increase in recent years, turning up at well-recorded sites for the first time.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been found in late spring in woodland habitat feeding on various trees. They characteristically throw their heads back when disturbed which why they have that vernacular name.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Mainly woodland and some gardens.

Recorded in 41 (71%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/05/2024126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
12/12/2023125TM04 - Hadleigh
08/12/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
29/11/2023125TM05 - Stowmarket/Needham Market
28/11/2023225TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
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Forewing: 17-22mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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