Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Gold Spot
Plusia festucae
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Lempke's Gold Spot
Plusia putnami

Lempke, 1966 2440 / 73.023

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not known from the county in Morley's time. First Suffolk record was in 1967.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local and rarely seen. Records from two areas - Redgrave Fen and Minsmere/Blythburgh.

Life history: Single-brooded. Seen at light in small numbers in the correct habitats.

Identification: Similar to the commoner Gold spot. Lempke's Gold spot is smaller, more lighter orange brown in colour and the elongated silver mark at the tip of the forewing ends bluntly, not in a point like Gold spot.
Both species vary quite a lot and dissection may be necessary in some cases to separate the two.

Habitat: Fens, reedbeds.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1967.
Last Recorded in 2017.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/2017125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
19/07/2013+25TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
18/07/2009125TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
06/07/2001225TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
06/07/2001125TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
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Forewing: 14-15mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Wood Small-reed other grasses
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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