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Small Mottled Willow
Spodoptera exigua

(Hübner, 1808) 2385 / 73.087
Photo © Samantha Batty,  30/08/22, Austerfield

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A migrant to Britain, this moth has an almost worldwide range. There have been a few recent Yorkshire records.

Beaumont, 2002:

VC61. Spurn, 1.9.1995, four 11-18.8.1996 (BRS); Muston, 26.6.1996 (Frost & Winter, 1997).

VC63. West Melton, 16.8.2000 (HEB).

VC65. Hutton Conyers, 16.6.2000 conf. A. M. Riley (CHF).

Argus 52, 2006: A huge influx with 69 records spread across all five VCs between 13 June and 11 October. Too many to list individually but most records were coastal with the majority in the Spurn area. Other moth spread inland as far west as Malham Tarn.

2012 (CHF): An irregular migrant which does not turn up every year. The 2006 influx was quite unprecedented and coincided with similar influxes of other migrant species. The first Yorkshire records as noted by Porritt were in 1903 This grand addition to our list was made by Mr Thomas Fieldhouse, who took no less than eight specimens near Keighley on the ninth of September 1903. There were several more recorded at the same time from other parts of the country, sounding rather like the situation in 2006! This species is quite distinctive with narrow forewings tucked around the body and a pinkish or orange colouration in the reniform and orbicular stigmata.

Argus 84, 2018:

VC62. South Cliff, Scarborough, 16.10.2018 (AR, JHo). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Recorded in 48 (24%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1903.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

< Shining Marbled  |  Mottled Rustic >
Forewing: 13-14mm
Flight: Recorded all year. Mainly June - October
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/08/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
23/08/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
23/08/2022165SE37 - Ripon
22/08/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
21/08/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
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