Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Cucullia verbasci

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2221 / 73.058
=Shargacucullia verbasci

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on figwort (Scrophularia spp.), mullein (Verbascum spp.) and buddleia (Buddleia spp.). Although the moth is an infrequent visitor to light traps in Dorset, it is locally common on chalky soils where the highly visible larvae may be seen scything their way through the thick leaves of great mullein (Verascum thapsus). Occasionally, caterpillars are found on buddleia and, apart from Reverend E Bankes observation from... Read More

Recorded in 35 (88%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 19-24mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Mulleins, figworts and buddleias
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
01/06/2019+9SZ07 Swanage
01/06/2019259ST90 - Spetisbury
01/06/201959SY79 - Puddletown
01/06/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
25/05/201919ST61 Sherborne

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