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Photo © Will Brame,  Landguard bird Observatory 27/09/2023

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Pale Mottled Willow
Caradrina clavipalpis
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Spodoptera exigua
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Dark Mottled Willow
Spodoptera cilium

Guenée, 1852 2386c / 73.088

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the county during Morley's time.

Recent Suffolk Status: A single county record of this very rare immigrant species to the UK at Landguard, Felixstowe on 26.09.2023 (N. Odin). Most records are from the south-west of the UK. Increasing as an immigrant species to Britain.

Life history: Multi-brooded.

Identification: Small mottled willow rests with its wings wrapped around the body, unlike Dark mottled willow which rest with wings teniform. Small mottled willow also has an orange kidney mark (dark brown in Dark mottled willow).
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.

Habitat: The Suffolk record was at a coastal site.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2023.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/09/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 13mm
Flight: Sept-Oct (in UK)
Foodplant:   Various grasses
GB Status: Rare immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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