Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Helotropha leucostigma

(Hübner, 1808) 2368 / 73.119
=Celaena leucostigma

Morley's Final Catalogue: Local, but wide spread in inland marshes. Copdock, rare on sugar by the Gipping at Ipswich (Mly, Baylis), Bixley, variable at Hemley (Wlr), Needham, Tuddenham (Sparke), a nice form at Brandon in 1921 (D), Downham (Norgate), Beccles, Lowestoft, Fritton in 1932, Gorleston in 1930 (Mr).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local along the coast, the Breck fens and river valleys.

Life history: Single-brooded. Both the plain brown and the more variegated forms both occur commonly in the county.

Identification: Ear moth is smaller and has dark wavy lines across the wings. Common rustic aggs are also smaller.

Habitat: Reedbeds, fens, marshes, river valleys.

Recorded in 28 (48%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1960.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/08/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
20/08/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
17/08/2023226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
15/08/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
15/08/2023425TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Yellow Iris, Great Fen-sedge
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
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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