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Cabbage Moth
Mamestra brassicae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2154 / 73.274

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout south-east England, becoming scarcer the further north and west one travels, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally and a noted pest species of cabbage crops (Brassicae spp.). In Dorset, the moth was: "a serious agricultural pest in gardens, market gardens and fields, and does at times serious damage to food for man and cattle - no cultivated land in the county where it cannot be found." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Today this is certainly not true,... Read More

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-22mm
Flight: Two (three) generations May - October
Foodplant:   Brassicas, Cabbages etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/201919SY98 Wareham
12/09/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth
11/09/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
08/09/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
07/09/201919SY79 Puddletown

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