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Four-spotted
Tyta luctuosa

([Denis and Schiffermuller], 1775) 2465 / 73.031
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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local resident.

This rare species was formerly more widespread in the south of England but is now confined to scattered populations, the nearest to us being Cambridgeshire. It was a surprise when one was found flying by day at Armthorpe in the south-east of VC63 on 12/7/2011. It is not obvious whether this was a migrant, a wandering moth from further south, or whether we have a resident population in the area, though searches of the area in subsequent years have failed to find it. It does occasionally turn up in odd places such as one in a Durham hay field in 1994. It is a moth of calcareous grassland, the larvae feeding on field bindweed.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (1%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2011.
Last Recorded in 2011.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-13mm
Flight: May - June and July - August
Foodplant:   Field Bindweed
Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
BAP Status: Priority Species
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2011163SE60 - Hatfield
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