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Crimson Speckled
Utetheisa pulchella

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2054 / 72.034

Morley's Final Catalogue: Immigrant, isolated specimens have occurred somewhat regularly. Rougham and Finborough Park (Naturalist 1858); Ipswich (Entom. v, 412); Aldeburgh in October 1876 (EMM. 1876, 138); one at Bawdsey cliff on 25 May 1885 (Entom. 1886, 127); Felixstowe on 10 June 1892 (l.c.,xxv,191); Ipswich, three in September 1871; Foxhall Heath and Rickinghall (ante 1890). Sudbury in May 1898(Ransom); [not taken by Nurse near Bury in 1913, as reported: teste Nurse, in lit.;] a specimen at Aldeburgh in 1922 (Trans. ii, 86).

Recent Status: A rare immigrant from North Africa and the Mediterranean with just four recent county records. There are three records from light-traps: Dunwich Heath on 14.10.2011 (Clive Moore), Bawdsey Hall on 03.10.2013 (M.J. Deans) and Lowestoft on 15.10.2018 (A. Wren).

There is a further record of one disturbed from rough grassland at Hazlewood Common, near Aldeburgh on 16.10.2018 (J.H. Grant) - the more traditional way of finding this species, which accounted for most of the early records.

Identification: Unmistakable.

Habitat: Grassland.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1871.
Last Recorded in 2018.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/10/2018125TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
15/10/2018125TM59 - Lowestoft
03/10/2013125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
1922125TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
May 1898+26TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
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Forewing: 15-22mm
Flight: May to October (mostly in the autumn)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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