Noctuidae : Cuculliinae
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Cucullia absinthii

(Linnaeus, 1761) 2211 / 73.050
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Yorkshire Status: Rare and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been very few records of this species since the late 1960s when it appeared to become quite common on slag heaps and waste ground, moving north as its foodplant colonised disturbed road verges on the A1. Whether these areas are being tidied-up or whether the moth is decreasing for other reasons is unclear.

2012 (CHF): This species was unknown to Porritt as at that time it was confined to southern coastal habitats. After the war its foodplant became more common on bombed sites and other disturbed areas and the moth spread as far north as south Yorkshire which was colonised in the 1950s. It has never been common in the county with scattered records mostly in VC63 and the south of VC64 but since 2000 it has become rarer with very few reported. The distribution in the rest of England is very patchy and it is probably declining everywhere.

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Recorded in 28 (14%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1950.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

< Small Yellow Underwing  |  Shark >
Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: June- August
Foodplant:   Wormwood and Mugwort
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
24/07/2022163SE61 - Stainforth / Thorne
20/07/2021163SE31 -  Wakefield (S)
13/09/2020163SE60 - Hatfield
05/09/2020163SE60 - Hatfield
10/08/2020163SE51 - Askern
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