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Orthosia gracilis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2186 / 73.247
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Monkwood, Worcestershire. April 24th 2013.

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Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A fairly common species, more so in the south.

Most common in marshes but also found in damp woodland, gardens and more open country.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults come to light and visit sallow catkins.

Recorded in 95 (68%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
16/05/2019139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
13/05/2019139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
12/05/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
11/05/2019137SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
10/05/2019139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
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