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Grey Shoulder-knot
Lithophane ornitopus

(Dadd, 1911) 2237 / 73.202

A fairly common resident.

A species of broadleaved parkland and woodland.

Overwinters as an adult. May be found resting on tree trunks during the day but visits Ivy blossom and ripe blackberries in autumn and Sallow catkins in spring. Is attracted to light and sugar.

Note the antler-shaped black mark at the base of the wing is diagnostic.

Recorded in 80 (57%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: September - May (hibernating)
Foodplant:   Oak
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/11/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
23/11/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
30/10/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO32
28/10/2019 to 30/11/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK00
25/10/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO86

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