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The Alchymist
Catephia alchymista

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2464 / 72.085

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very rare from I. Wight through Sussex to Essex, and might reach our southern border.

Recent Suffolk Status: There are four recent county records of this rare immigrant. The first came from Corton on the night of 12.05.2018 (C. Shaw). The second county record was taken on a sugaring post at Kessingland in the captor's garden at around 10:30pm on the night of 30.06.2020 (A. Eaton). In 2022, there were 2 records: the first was a daytime observation noted landing on the recorder's trousers on 18.05.2022 at Somerleyton (G. Williams) with the second at light on 03.06.2022 at Purdis Farm, Ipswich (N. Sherman).

Life history: Single-brooded on the continent.

Identification: The Druid (Aedia funesta) is smaller and has a large white spot on the forewing. The Sorcerer (Aedia leucomelas) is also smaller with a small white or buff mark near the centre of the blackish forewing.

Habitat Open woodland and scrub on the continent.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2018.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/06/2022125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
18/05/2022125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
30/06/2020125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
12/05/2018125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Forewing: 19-21mm
Flight: May-Sept
Foodplant:   Oak
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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