Crambidae : Musotiminae
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Photo © Marcus Nash,  07/11/2020 - Hindolveston

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Musotima nitidalis
Golden-brown Fern Moth

(Walker, [1866])1355a / 63.119
=Fern China-mark
=Isopteryx nitidalis
Norfolk status
Native to Australia and New Zealand, this adventive moth was first recorded in the UK in Dorset August 2009, thought imported with ferns as a result of the horticultural trade.
It has since spread widely, with multiple sightings from other sites in southern England.

The larvae feed on various ferns such as Bracken.

New for Norfolk in May 2020 when an adult moth was netted at Horsford woods (A. Starace, 23/05/2020) Further specimens trapped in a nearby garden at Horsford (M. McCarthy, 21/10/2020) and three at Hevingham Park (A. Brown and S. Lane, 02/11/2020) Last but not least a November record at Hindolveston (M. Nash, 07/11/2020)

(aka: Fern China-mark)

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2020.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/11/2021127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
06/11/2021227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
06/11/2021227TG22 - Buxton
31/10/2021127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
27/10/2021+27TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
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Wingspan: 15-20 mm
Foodplant:   Ferns
Nat Status: Adventive
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  (1)
 Immature Adult

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