Noctuidae : Heliothinae
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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  30/09/2023 - Shottisham

Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Bordered Straw
Heliothis peltigera
Eastern Bordered Straw
Heliothis nubigera
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Scarce Bordered Straw
Helicoverpa armigera

(Hübner, 1808) 2400 / 73.076

Morley's Final Catalogue: Pretty nearly extinct, doubtless. Two or three specimens about Brandon by Dr. F. D. Wheeler of Norwich, before 1890. Captured at Needham Market during 1903 by Mr. Henry Lingwood (EMM. xl, 80), and probably in his collection now preserved in Bury Museum.

Recent Suffolk Status: A more regular immigrant species to the county in recent times, especially in late summer and autumn.

Life history: Multi-brooded.

Identification: Quite variable in colour, from sandy to reddish brown. Bordered straw has an obvious dark mark next to the kidney mark and a small black dot in the corner of the wing.
The similar Eastern bordered straw is yet to be recorded from the county. It has 3 black dots along the outer edge of the forewing. Any dots are faint on Scarce bordered straw.

Habitat: Mainly coastal sites but also recorded inland.

Recorded in 36 (62%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1903.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/11/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
31/10/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
31/10/2023125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
30/10/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
29/10/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: Recorded all months (most Sept-Oct)
Foodplant:   Scarlet Geranium and Yellow-rattle others
GB Status: Immigrant
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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