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Wormwood
Cucullia absinthii (Linnaeus, 1761)
Noctuidae: Cuculliinae
2211 / 73.050
Photo © Helen McClennon-Warnock,  27/07/2022 - Butley Low corner

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Wormwood.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: Very local along our more southern coast. Erwarton (C); also ''Mr. Crewe found larvae on Artemisia vulgaris at Shotley near Landguard Fort'' (sic: Harwood); Orford during 1903 (Gibbs); Aldeburgh (L), imagines at Larkspur flowers (Hele) and larvae there in 1900 (G. F. Matthews).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local. Main sites are along the coast and in the Breck.

Life history: Single-brooded. Recorded mainly in small numbers at light. The very cryptic larvae have been found in recent years in Suffolk, both on Mugwort and Wormwood.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Wasteland, coastal sites, grass verges, old quarries.

Recorded in 22 (38%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
23/07/2023125TM58Carlton Colville/Kessingland
14/07/2023125TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
02/08/2022125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
30/07/2022126TL76Kentford/Dalham
29/07/2022126TL77Mildenhall
27/07/2022+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
24/07/2022125TM57Southwold
08/08/2021125TM33Bawdsey/Felixstowe
24/08/2020426TL68Sedge Fen
24/08/2020126TL68Sedge Fen
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