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Double Kidney
Ipimorpha retusa (Linnaeus, 1761)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2311 / 73.212
Photo © John Walshe,  Whitchurch, Herefordshire 29/7/22

Similar West Midlands Species
Ipimorpha subtusa
Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Willows and Black Poplar
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare and local resident.

A species of damp woodland, riverbanks and marshes.

Overwinters as an egg while adults come to light and sugar.

Note resembles the commoner Olive but in that species the forewing is at the most only slightly hooked and the subterminal line is curved upwards, away from the wing tip.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 19 (14%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2022136SO51 - Doward & Goodrich
03/08/2019140SJ53 - Prees Heath
02/08/2019240SO77 - Wyre Forest
04/08/2018136SO34 - Moccas & Eardisley
21/07/2018+40SJ41 - Shrewsbury/Preston Montford
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