Noctuidae : Acronictinae
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Alder Moth
Acronicta alni

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2281 / 73.036
Photo © Paul Kipling, 4 June 2010,  NZ20Richmond, VC65

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Rather more local than either A. megacephala (Denis & Schiffermiiller) or A. leporina (Linnaeus). However, it is the only one of these recorded in VC65, albeit in the very south. (Note, however, that although Dunn and Parrack (1986) list the two aforementioned species for Northumberland and Durham, the present species has never been recorded in either county). Characteristically recorded once or twice a year over a period of several years, but nowhere reported to be common.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. High Batts, 16.6.1984 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Widespread in the county in small numbers but rather local - mostly in broad-leaved woodland, not just amongst alders. Numbers are fairly stable and we normally receive 20-30 records per year.

Recorded in 123 (62%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1807.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/09/2022164SD67 - Ingleton
20/07/2022+64SE54 - York (S/W)
17/07/2022165SE28 - Bedale
09/07/2022161TA04 - Beverley (N)
24/06/2022262NZ61 - Guisborough
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