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Portland Moth
Actebia praecox

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2099 / 73.308
Photo © Barry Spence, 15 Aug 2011,  TA4115 Spurn, VC61

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Yorkshire Status: Rare migrant.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A rare moth in Yorkshire, the only recent records being from Spurn (VC61) and South Elmsall (VC63). There have been no other records since one was found at Skipwith (VC61) on 14.9.1955 (SMJ) and one near Doncaster (VC63) in 1962 (GEH per PS).

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded in 1976. With scattered coastal populations all around Britain, we seem to have lost this as a breeding species. It may reappear as an immigrant.

2012 (CHF): One did indeed appear as an immigrant - at Spurn on 15.8.2011.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (3%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1860.
Last Recorded in 2011.
Additional Stats

< Pearly Underwing  |  Coast Dart >
Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Creeping Willow
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/2011161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
25/08/1976161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
01/01/1974 to 31/12/1998+63SE50 - Doncaster
1973163SE41 - South Elmsall
1962163SE50 - Doncaster
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