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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. 25 June 2017

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Orache Moth
Trachea atriplicis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2304 / 73.106

Morley's Final Catalogue: Continues to be very rare, and to occur but singly. Playford (Revd. Joseph Greene); Aldeburgh (Dr. Hele); one in a garden at Stowmarket in 1915 (Platten). Brandon (Dr. Wheeler of Norwich and T. Brown of Cambridge).

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct as a resident in the county. The first county record since 1915 was at St. Olaves on 04.07.1986 (H. Jenner) and was most likely an immigrant.

Further records of immigrant examples followed at Landguard on 01.07.1997 and 18.07.2002 (N. Odin); Bawdsey Hall on 28.08.2014 and 27.07.2016 (M.J. Deans) and at Hollesley on 25.06.2017 (R. Watson).

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: A very distinctive, chunky green moth unlikely to be confused with any other noctuids.

Habitat: As a migrant, coastal sites. As a resident species it was found in wet meadows and fenland.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1915.
Last Recorded in 2017.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/06/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
27/07/2016125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
28/08/2014125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
18/07/2002125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
01/07/1997125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 20-22mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Oraches, goosefoots, Knotgrass
Red List: Regionally Extinct (RE)
GB Status: Extinct / Immigrant
Former Status: Rare Immigrant Former resident
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 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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