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Cucullia asteris ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Cuculliinae
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Photo © Brian Jones,  23/07/2013 - Herringfleet Hills (with Keith Knights)

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Cucullia verbasci
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sea Aster, Sea Wormwood and Goldenrod.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Nationally Scarce.
Locally found in Norfolk mainly on coastal saltmarshes, it has been fairly consistently recorded over the years, with between 10-30 recorded annually.

One of the larger 'sharks'.

Can be confused with the Mullein moth. Characteristic faint oval and kidney markings on the forewing are not found on the similar and more common Mullein moth. Star-wort also has a later flight time (Jun-Aug) than Mullein (Apr-May).

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 21 (28%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1889.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 10 Records
05/09/2023128TF84Burnham Overy / Gun Hill
22/06/2023127TG04Cley next the Sea
20/08/2022128TF52Terrington St Clement
11/08/2022327TG50Great Yarmouth / Breydon Water
30/07/2022128TF62West Lynn
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