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Lempke's Gold Spot
Plusia putnami Lempke, 1966
Noctuidae: Plusiinae
2440 / 73.023
Photo © Jon Kelf,  24/06/2022 - Neatishead

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Gold Spot
Plusia festucae
Forewing: 14-15mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Wood Small-reed. other grasses.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Scarce.
Broads, fens, marshes and damp meadows.
Very similar to the Gold Spot, but smaller on average, with forewing usually orange-brown.
It can be necessary to check the structure of the genitalia for confirmation.

Lempke's Gold Spot (left) Gold Spot (right)

Lempke's has a shorter, broader, less elongated inner apical streak.

Recorded in 13 (18%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
06/09/2023+27TG40Halvergate
04/09/2023+28TL99Hockham Heath / Cranberry Rough
15/08/2023227TG31Ludham
11/08/2023127TG11Costessey
08/07/2023+27TG32Irstead / Catfield
07/07/20231827TG32Sutton Fen
29/06/2023627TG32Irstead / Catfield
27/06/2023127TG42Eccles
26/06/2023127TM07Redgrave & Lopham Fen
25/06/2023127TG32Sutton Fen
Further info: Plusia putnami
 
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