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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 Status: There are two recent county records of this extremely rare immigrant to our shores. The first came from Corton on the night of 12 May 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 June 2020 (A. Eaton).

Identification: Compare with The Druid (Aedia funesta) and The Sorcerer (Aedia leucomelas) - both of which are potential immigrants to our county.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2018.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2020125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
12/05/2018125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Foodplant:   Oak
Nat Status: Migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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