Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Cucullia absinthii

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2211 / 73.050

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to the coastal counties of England and Wales, but spread rapidly inland from 1950 occupying waste ground often in towns and cities, only to decline subsequently, the larva feeding on the flowers and seeds of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is confined to Portland where the caterpillars feed on wormwood. This plant is restricted to just a few sites on the Purbeck coast, and on Portland where it... Read More

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Recorded in 5 (13%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1936.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: June- August
Foodplant:   Wormwood
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth
14/08/201619SY67 Portland / Weymouth
23/07/201619SY67 Portland / Weymouth
21/07/201619SY66 Portland Bill
21/07/201619SY66 Portland Bill

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