Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Ex larva found on Chamomile flower May 2020, emerged April 2021. Erwarton.

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Chamomile Shark
Cucullia chamomillae

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2214 / 73.053

Morley's Final Catalogue: Rare. Ipswich (Ml); Needham (L); Stowmarket (B): ante-1890. One at Waldringfield on 21 May 1918 (Waller); a larva found at Southwold in July 1897, emerged on 31 May 1898 (Ctw); occasionally on Gorleston palings (Mr, Mly); two sitting on reed-fencing in Tuddenham Fen (Sparke).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local. Most records in east Suffolk, although this may be recorder bias as there are more light traps run in VC25.

Life history: Single-brooded. The colourful larvae have been found in Suffolk occasionally, at rest on Chamomile flowers.

Identification: Flies earlier in the year than the very similar Shark. The main difference between the two species is that the black streaks extend into the fringe on Chamomile shark. In Shark they end before the fringe.

Habitat: Disturbed ground, field edges, gardens, coastal sites.

Recorded in 28 (48%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/05/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
12/04/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
11/04/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
24/06/2023125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
20/05/2023126TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
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Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation April-June.
Foodplant:   Scentless Mayweed, chamomiles and Feverfew
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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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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