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Early Grey
Xylocampa areola (Esper, 1789)
Noctuidae: Psaphidinae
2243 / 73.069
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. March 2021.

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Shears
Hada plebeja
Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation Mar-May.
Foodplant:   Honeysuckles.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: By no means an uncommon species about Ipswich, at Bentley Woods, Holbrook, &c; Bury, Stowmarket, Needham; Monks Soham occasionally (Vinter, Mly); Worlingham (Gs), Gorleston (Mr), Hopton, Aldeburgh.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded. Recorded from February to June in Suffolk. Larvae occasionally found on Honeysuckle in the county.

Identification: Shears looks slightly similar but lacks the thoratic crest and doesn't have the two oval marks joined.

Habitat: Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens.

Recorded in 49 (84%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
15/05/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
09/05/2024225TM14Ipswich
09/05/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
09/05/2024225TM14Ipswich
07/05/2024125TM59Lowestoft
05/05/2024225TM24Woodbridge/Martlesham
05/05/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
05/05/2024125TM25Wickham Market/Otley
04/05/2024125TM59Lowestoft
04/05/2024125TM04Hadleigh
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