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Blossom Underwing
Orthosia miniosa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2183 / 73.243
Photo © Andy Musgrove,  Norfolk, April Fool's Day 2004!

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Forewing: 15-17mm.
Flight: One generation March-April.
Foodplant:   Oaks.
Nat Status: Local (Immigrant)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Rare.
Local in mature Oak woodland and mature hedgerows, also appearing as a migrant.

Several Norfolk records in 1999 with moths recorded on the coast and inland, thought by some to be part of a large immigration.

Recent records from Stoke Holy Cross (A. Musgrove, 2004) Trowse (J. Sutton, 2011) and Hickling (M. A'Court 2013).

The larvae feed on Oak, often preferring epicormic shoots, they are also polyphagous on various herbaceous plants. Larvae was found at Foxley Wood in 2012 (M. Young), interestingly this is where the species was first recorded back in 1873.

Adults are attracted to sallow blossom.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (19%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/04/2020127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
05/04/2020127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
05/04/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
03/04/2020127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
21/04/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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