Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Dusky Sallow
Eremobia ochroleuca

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2352 / 73.120

Morley's Final Catalogue: This superb Noctuid is certainly becoming quite scarce. Before 1890 it was known from Ipswich, Glemham Magna, Leiston, Needham, Stowmarket, Bury railway (Wratislaw, Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 221), Tuddenham and one taken at Eye in August 1859 (Tyrer, Ent. Wk. Int. vii, 43). The sole later record is that of a few sitting, like the above C. graminis, on Breck flowers at Freckenham and Holywell in Mildenhall on 10-11 August 1928 (Mly).

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Adults often found at rest on flowers during the day and also flying in hot sunshine as well as coming to light. A larva was found by day on a grass flowerhead in June 2023.

Identification: The only similar species is the extinct Viper's bugloss.

Habitat: A wide variety of grassy habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1859.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/2023125TM44 - Orford Ness
17/08/2023125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
15/08/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
15/08/2023125TM04 - Hadleigh
15/08/2023225TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
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Forewing: 14-16mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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