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True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyrea ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2118 / 73.338
Photo © Nancy Stedman, 2016,  SE006466: High Farnhill, VC64

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Anarta myrtilli
Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Heather, Bell Heather and Bilberry
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded frequently from all five vice-counties wherever heather is found and quite often well away from suitable areas. The statement given by Goater (MBGBI 9) about even small patches of the foodplant in gardens supporting colonies has been found to be true in at least one part of the County and other suburban records support this.

2012 (CHF): The comments in 1989 are still true today. Commonest in the heathery uplands and on lowland heaths, but quite often coming to gardens. Uncommon in much of VC61. Numbers are stable.

Recorded in 156 (78%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2023162NZ70 - Glaisdale
23/08/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
23/08/2023563SE71 - Crowle
22/08/2023165NZ01 - Barnard Castle
22/08/2023163SD93 - Wycoller
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