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Tyria jacobaeae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2069 / 72.031

Morley's Final Catalogue: Suffolk, teste W.C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, Illust. ii 1828, p. 90). Always common where ragwort grows on sandy or gravelly soils; invariably in myriads throughout the Breck District, whence some 120,000 pupae were exported to New Zealand in 1929 alone (Trans.i,73). Quite rare on the damp boulder-clay throughout High Suffolk: not seen at Monks Soham from 1904 to 1918, when a batch of fifty larvae appeared gregariously; Haughley station 1919; etc. One flirting with P. fuliginosa, Linn. at Fritton Warren on 19 May 1925 (Wiltshire).

Recent Status: Common and widespread. A well-known species more often found as larvae on Ragwort.

Identification: Flies by day in sunshine and comes to light. Sometimes confused by inexperienced observers with the burnet moths.

Habitat: Heathland and sandy soils are favoured but anywhere where Ragwort grows.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1919.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
04/08/2021126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
03/08/20211026TL66 - Newmarket
31/07/2021+26TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
27/07/2021125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
26/07/20211025TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Forewing: 17-23mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Ragwort
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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