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Pearly Underwing
Peridroma saucia
Turnip Moth
Agrotis segetum
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Dark Sword-grass
Agrotis ipsilon

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2091 / 73.327

Morley's Final Catalogue: Also referring to Pearly underwing: Quite common on sugar in autumn from Bentley Woods to Gorleston. The former (Pearly underwing) seems hardly less restricted in its range now than the latter: they sometimes sit on the tree-trunk cheek by jowl.

Recent Suffolk Status: A common immigrant species to the county, turning up every year in numbers.

Life history: Multi-brooded. Has been seen from early spring right into December in Suffolk.

Identification: Turnip moth is similar, but slightly smaller and has a dart mark on the wing. Pearly underwing doesn't have any black marks on the forewing.

Habitat: As an immigrant species could turn up anywhere, but mostly recorded near the coast.

Recorded in 53 (91%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/11/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
12/11/2023125TM57 - Southwold
31/10/2023+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
31/10/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
26/10/2023125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 15-25mm.
Flight: July-Oct (Recorded all months)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant (?)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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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