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Radford's Flame Shoulder
Ochropleura leucogaster (Freyer, [1831])
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2102a / 73.330
Photo © Neil Bowman,  08/10/2023 - Eccles-on-Sea

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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
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 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
25/10/2023127TG42Eccles
23/10/2023127TG24Overstrand
08/10/2023127TG42Eccles
07/10/2023127TG42Eccles
05/10/2023128TF94Blakeney Point / Stiffkey
28/09/2023127TG42Eccles
26/09/2023127TG42Eccles
11/11/2021127TG42Eccles
28/10/2021127TG33Ridlington
Further info: Ochropleura leucogaster
 
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