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Star-wort
Cucullia asteris ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Cuculliinae
2217 / 73.055
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Orfordness. June 2016.

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Mullein
Cucullia verbasci
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sea Aster, Sea Wormwood and Goldenrod.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: Found only at Aldeburgh by Hele till September 1933, in which month a male flew to light in the middle of Southwold (Mly); larvae occur at Dunwich (Blair), Walberswick (Btn), Southwold (Mr).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local all along the Suffolk coast and estuaries.

Life history: Single-brooded. Records from April to September in Suffolk. The larvae have been found fairly regularly in the county, feeding on Sea-aster on the edge of saltmarsh sites.

Identification: Mullein is slightly similar but lacks the oval and kidney mark as well as being sandy and brown in colour, unlike Star-wort which is grey and reddish brown.

Habitat: Saltmarshes.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 15 (26%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
21/07/2023125TM47Blythburgh/Dunwich
18/07/2023+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
11/07/2023125TM47Blythburgh/Dunwich
10/07/2023+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
21/06/2023125TM46Minsmere/Leiston
21/08/2022125TM33Bawdsey/Felixstowe
14/08/2022125TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
27/07/2022+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
24/07/2022+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
23/07/2022+25TM34Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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