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Tyta luctuosa

([Denis and Schiffermuller], 1775) 2465 / 73.031

Davey, P., 2009: A declining species, now rare in south-east England, the larva feeding on field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). In Dorset, the moth used to colonise flowery meadows very locally on dry chalky soils both inland and on the coast. From the late 1930s, inland observations ceased, and colonies on the Purbeck coast and on Portland were all that remained. From 1950, a further contraction occurred and the Purbeck colonies disappeared leaving Portland as the sole refuge still to be... Read More

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Recorded in 11 (28%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-13mm
Flight: May - June and July - August
Foodplant:   Field Bindweed
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
25/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
20/07/201999SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
31/07/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
06/07/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
15/07/201619SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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