Noctuidae : Heliothinae
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Marbled Clover
Heliothis viriplaca

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2401 / 73.072
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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only recorded once since Porritt (1883-86). A worn specimen was seen at Muston, near Filey (VC61), visiting ragwort flowers during the afternoon of 14.8.1968, by P. Q. Winter. Permanent colonies of this species in Britain are now restricted to the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecklands (Skinner, 1984).

Current status (CHF, 2011): A single record, 1968, of a probable immigrant. The main resident population is in the Breckland area.

Argus 87, 2019: These are the fourth and fifth county records, and the first since 1968. This species is resident in East Anglia and Wiltshire; records elsewhere are migrants. A small influx in early August brought moths to Yorkshire and up into Northumberland. The Beverley moth came to a light trap and the Ripon moth was seen by day. Both were photographed.

VC61. Beverley, 1.8.2019 (KW). VC64. Ripon, 2.8.2019 (R&PR). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (2%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1842.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-15mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
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
02/08/2019164SE37 - Ripon
01/08/2019161TA04 - Beverley (N)
14/08/1968161TA07 - Hunmanby
1860+62SE65 - York (E)
1842+62SE65 - York (E)
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