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Purple Cloud
Actinotia polyodon

(Clerck, 1759) 2097 / 73.111

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the county during Morley's time. He states: The scarce immigrant from northern Europe, Actinotia polyodon, Clk. has occurred in Britain solely in Kent, Norwich and at Yarmouth, titillatingly near our boundary.

Recent Suffolk Status: The first county record of this stunning immigrant moth was taken at light in Westleton on 30.05.2008 (M & D Hale). A continental second-brood specimen was trapped the same year at Landguard Bird Observatory on 05.08.2008 (N. Odin).

The third (and most recent record) came from Bawdsey Hall on the night of 22.05.2017 (M.J. Deans).

Life history: Double-brooded on the continent.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Coastal habitats.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2008.
Last Recorded in 2017.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/05/2017125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
05/08/2008125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
30/05/2008125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Forewing: 13-15mm.
Flight: Two generations May-Aug.
Foodplant:   St John's-worts
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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