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Tyta luctuosa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2465 / 73.031

Norfolk status
Believed locally extinct former resident from Breckland and occasional migrant.

Flies from dusk into the night, but can be found on sunny days flying over grassy habitat visiting flowers. All recent Norfolk records are to light traps. A very distinctive mainly black moth with four large white spots (two visible when at rest.)

Former resident in the Brecks. Recent surveys in the Brecks from Norfolk and Suffolk moth groups have failed to uncover this species.

Known resident colonies in south Cambs (VC29) and near Peterborough.

Migrant records from Weybourne, Scolt Head and Snettisham in recent years. Three specimens taken in the same area of SW Norfolk in consecutive years could indicate an as yet undiscovered colony in Norfolk?

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 16 (22%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
24/06/2024128TF41West Walton
28/07/2023128TF51Walpole Highway
13/08/2022128TF51Walpole Highway
22/07/2019128TF63Snettisham Beach
14/08/2017128TF74Scolt Head NNR
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Express Record Four-spotted
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Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Field Bindweed
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Nationally Rare
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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