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Small Mottled Willow
Spodoptera exigua

(Hübner, 1808) 2385 / 73.087

Davey, P., 2009: A strongly migratory species with a near-global tropical and sub-tropical distribution that ranges from a virtual annual in southern England to a relative rarity in northern Scotland. The larva is a pest of crops in regions south of 35 deg. N. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded with increasing frequency since 1982, but very few in the very westerly El Nino summers of 2007 and 2008, and in every month apart from December and March. In favourable seasons, immigrants spawn... Read More

Recorded in 37 (93%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-14mm
Flight: Recorded all year. Mainly June - October
Foodplant:   Dandelion, Groundsel, docks, Common Restharrow
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
02/09/201919SY79 Puddletown
22/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
16/08/201919SY49 Bridport
15/08/201919SY49 Bridport
13/08/201919SY79 Puddletown

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