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Pale Mottled Willow
Caradrina clavipalpis (Scopoli, 1763)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2389 / 73.095
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Worcester 2006

Small Mottled Willow
Spodoptera exigua
Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: May - July and August - October
Foodplant:   Grass seeds
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A fairly common resident.

Found in grassland, farmland and in urban gardens.

Overwinters as a larva while adults come to light and sugar and also visit flowers.

Note the black dots on the leading edge of the wing and the white dots around the kidney mark are distinctive.

Recorded in 101 (72%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
03/11/2022136SO52 - Hoarwithy & Llangarron
29/10/2022136SO54 - NE Hereford & Marden
23/10/2022136SO35 - Lyonshall & Pembridge
23/10/2022139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
22/10/2022136SO52 - Hoarwithy & Llangarron
Further info: Caradrina clavipalpis
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