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Scarce Black Arches
Nola aerugula (Hübner, 1793)
Nolidae: Nolinae
2079 / 74.005
Photo © Neil Sherman,  Bulgaria, June 2018

Similar Suffolk Species
Kent Black Arches
Meganola albula
Least Black Arches
Nola confusalis
Forewing: 8-9mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot-trefoil and clovers.
Nat Status: Immigrant (?)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley's Final Catalogue: One at light in Hemley Rectory on 21 July 1904 (Wlr. EMM. xl, 236). Elsewhere Kent and I. Wight only, in Britain: probably extinct even there.

Recent status: Rare immigrant. Former resident in Kent. Five at Thorpeness in mid-July 1964 (Chalmers-Hunt & Wakely) were the first in the county since 1904.

Twenty-first century records have come from Dunwich Heath, Orfordness, Bawdsey and Landguard; with a single inland record from Mendlesham (S. Woolnough).

Identification Compare with Kent Black Arches.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1904.
Last Recorded in 2018.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/07/2018125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
17/06/2017125TM44 - Orford Ness
30/06/2015125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
26/06/2009125TM44 - Orford Ness
25/07/2006125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
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