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Red Underwing
Catocala nupta

(Linnaeus, 1767) 2452 / 72.078
Photo © Terry Box, 18 Aug 2020,  SE3967Langthorpe, VC65

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Dark Crimson Underwing
Catocala sponsa
Light Crimson Underwing
Catocala promissa
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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: After disappearing for several years this species suddenly reappeared in the 1970s and early 1980s and has spread dramatically through vice-counties 61 to 64.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. High Batts, 30.10.1983 (SPW); Hutton Conyers, 19.8.1999 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Porritt only knew of one record of this species, in Leeds in 1876. It then became quite frequent at a number of sites between 1941 and 1953 before disappearing until the 1970s when it appeared again and spread across the county. It is now widespread apart from the north-west of Yorkshire and has spread up through Northumberland into the south of Scotland. We usually receive between 50 and 100 records per year and numbers seem to be stable.

Recorded in 122 (61%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1876.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 33-40mm
Flight: August - October
Foodplant:   Poplars, Aspen, willows
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/10/2022161TA05 - Driffield
04/10/2022163SE30 - Worsbrough / Wombwell
03/10/2022161TA06 - Kilham
29/09/2022164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
26/09/2022161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
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