Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Lempke's Gold Spot
Plusia putnami

Lempke, 1966 2440 / 73.023
Photo © Damian Money,  Skelton in Cleveland, VC62

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Plusia festucae
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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Only relatively recently added to the County list, this species appears to be rather local but recorded from widely scattered areas. It may well be much more frequent than it appears since it is very difficult to distinguish from P. festucae (Linnaeus). However, there are at least four areas where all the Gold Spots which have been checked have proved to be festucae (Spurn, Sheffield, West Melton and Denaby lngs). This would indicate that it is definitely local to some extent. Although a larval foodplant is not given by Lorimer (MBGBI 10) or Skinner (1984), larvae have recently been discovered openly feeding on purple small-reed (J. Fenn per MRB). It might well be worthwhile to search for larvae on this foodplant at suitable sites in Yorkshire.

2012 (CHF): Much less common in the county than Gold Spot and univoltine (unlike Gold Spot) flying mostly in July and August. Rare in the south and east but commoner on the higher ground in the north and west. See Gold Spot for information on separating these two species. Whilst identification is fairly straight forward in most cases, some individuals need dissection in order to be sure.

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Recorded in 113 (57%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1964.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 14-15mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Wood Small-reed. other grasses
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/09/2023161SE64 - Wheldrake
06/09/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
02/09/2023163SE12 - Elland / Brighouse / Low Moor
28/08/2023163SE12 - Elland / Brighouse / Low Moor
25/08/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
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