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Crescent
Helotropha leucostigma (H?bner, 1808)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2368 / 73.119
Photo © Dave Williamson,  Hatfield Moors, VC63

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Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Yellow Iris, Great Fen-sedge
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Sporadically found in marshy areas but usually only as singletons.

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. Hutton Conyers 9.8.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species seems to have expanded in numbers since the mid-1990s. Although much commoner in wet habitats it does wander to other areas and can be encountered over much of the county. It can occur in good numbers in some marshy sites, eg 28 at Bishop Monkton on 21.7.2006.

Recorded in 99 (50%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/10/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
08/09/2023161TA05 - Driffield
06/09/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
03/09/2023161TA24 - Hornsea
01/09/2023661TA04 - Beverley (N)
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