Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Chamomile Shark
Cucullia chamomillae
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Cucullia umbratica

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2216 / 73.052

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding mainly on the flowers of compositae species including sow thistles (Sonchus spp.), hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally common where its foodplants abound on dry unimproved grassland on sandy soils and frequent in similar habitat on chalky soils; it is at low density elsewhere and rare in woods. The following moth was trapped on a rather... Read More

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 22-26mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Sow-thistles, wild lettuces, hawkweeds
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
14/07/201929ST61 Sherborne
13/07/2019+9SY98 Wareham
13/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
10/07/201929SY39 Lyme Regis
10/07/201929SY39 Lyme Regis

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