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True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyrea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2118 / 73.338
Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Beautiful Yellow Underwing
Anarta myrtilli
Heath Rustic
Xestia agathina
Forewing: 12-15mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Heather and Bell Heather.
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: On heaths: becoming scarce. Noticed at Gorleston (Mr) and Martlesham (D) only since 1890, when itwas known to occur at Foxhall heath, Blaxhall, Dunwich, Lowestoft, Herringfleet; and in the Breck at Tuddenham and Brandon.

Recent Suffolk Status: A common species in the Brecks and Sandlings. Does wander away from heathland habitat regularly and may breed on garden heathers.

Life history: Single-brooded. Flies from May in Suffolk. Larvae regularly found in Suffolk in recent years on Heather at night during the winter months.

Identification: Heath rustic has an obvious pale streak along the forewing edge. Beautiful yellow underwing is a much smaller species and has an obvious yellow hindwing.

Habitat: Heathland.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
10/09/2023125TM35Snape/Tunstall
05/09/2023125TM24Woodbridge/Martlesham
31/08/2023+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
28/08/2023125TM59Lowestoft
24/08/2023325TM24Woodbridge/Martlesham
23/08/2023325TM24Woodbridge/Martlesham
22/08/2023226TL78Brandon/Lakenheath
22/08/2023125TM46Minsmere/Leiston
22/08/2023225TM46Minsmere/Leiston
22/08/2023125TM24Woodbridge/Martlesham
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