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Radford's Flame Shoulder
Ochropleura leucogaster (Freyer, [1831])
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2102a / 73.330
Photo © Anne Mansfield,  Ridlington 28/10/21

Similar Norfolk Species
Flame Shoulder
Ochropleura plecta
Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: One generation, September to November
Foodplant:   Trefoils (Lotus) and other low-growing plants
Red List:
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Rare immigrant, probable future colonist.

First recorded in Britain from West Sussex in 1983, with increasing records in recent years, covering nearly every southern county by 2021!

Similar to the Flame Shoulder (O. plecta), but larger, has a clean straight costa and elongated forewings with smaller stigmata and whiter hindwings. Usually a much later flight period, but late examples of plecta do also occur.

Please also note similar European sub-species unimacula (see info below)

New for Norfolk in 2021 at Ridlington. (A. Mansfield, 28/10/21)
First for VC28 in 2023 on Blakeney Point (T. Blackburn, 05/10/23)

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (5%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2021.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2023127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
23/10/2023127TG24 - Cromer
08/10/2023127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
07/10/2023127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
05/10/2023128TF94 - Wells/Stiffkey
Further info: Ochropleura leucogaster
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