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Similar Suffolk Species
Pale Mottled Willow
Caradrina clavipalpis
Dark Mottled Willow
Spodoptera cilium
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Small Mottled Willow
Spodoptera exigua

(Hübner, 1808) 2385 / 73.087

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the county during Morley's time. First county record was in 1938, at Iken (Mr. Garrett-Jones).

Recent Suffolk Status: Scarce immigrant. Recorded most years since 1999.

Life history: Multi-brooded. Most Suffolk records in late summer and in the autumn.

Identification: Small mottled willow rests with its wings wrapped around the body, unlike similar species.
Pale mottled willow has a much broader forewing, a row of black dots along the costa and part of the kidney mark is dark brown. Dark mottled willow also has broader wings and holds them flatter at rest.

Habitat: Mainly coastal locations, but does wander inland.

Recorded in 30 (52%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1938.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/10/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/10/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
21/10/2023125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
20/10/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
26/09/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 13-14mm.
Flight: Recorded all year. Mainly June-Oct.
Foodplant:   Dandelion, Groundsel, docks, Common Restharrow
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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