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Craniophora ligustri ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Acronictinae
2291 / 73.047
Photo © Leigh Davis,  Bungay 17/05/2020

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Forewing: 17-19mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Ash and Wild Privet
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very thinly scattered throughout the County, except perhaps south-west and Lothingland. Copdock, Bentley (formerly), Playford (Ent. Wk. Intell. i, 1856, 164), Waldringfield (James), Brandeston, Needham, Stowmarket, bred and taken at sugar near Timworth in 1911 (Nurse), on sugar at Tuddenham (Vivian). Aldeburgh, Beccles; at light in Bungay (Mn).

Recent status: Seemingly rather rare during the latter half of the twentieth century. This century has seen the moth become widespread and locally common.

Recorded in 40 (69%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1911.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2020125TM04 - Hadleigh
24/08/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/08/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
21/08/2020225TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
18/08/2020126TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
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