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Actinotia polyodon (Clerck, 1759)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2097 / 73.111
Photo © Matthew Deans,  Bawdsey, Suffolk 22.5.17

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Forewing: 13-15mm.
Flight: Two generations May-Aug.
Foodplant:   St John's-worts.
Nat Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not recorded in the county during Morley's time.

Recent Status: The first county record of this stunning immigrant moth was taken at light in Westleton on 30.05.2008 (M & D Hale). A continental second-brood specimen was trapped the same year at Landguard Bird Observatory on 05.08.2008 (N. Odin).

The third (and most recent record) came from Bawdsey Hall on the night of 22.05.2017 (M.J. Deans).

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (5%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2008.
Last Recorded in 2017.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/05/2017125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
05/08/2008125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
30/05/2008125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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