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Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759)
Erebidae: Boletobiinae
2470 / 72.067
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Wyre VC37. 26/07/2012

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 9-11mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Common and Heath Milkwort
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

An uncommon and local resident.

A species of moorland and heathland and unimproved calcareous grassland.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults fly in the sunshine and occasionally come to light.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 33 (24%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/05/2018337SO77 - Wyre Forest
17/05/2018139SO77 - Wyre Forest
19/07/2017+37SO77 - Wyre Forest
27/05/2016237SO77 - Wyre Forest
14/05/2016137SO77 - Wyre Forest
Further info: Phytometra viridaria
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