Zygaenidae : Procridinae
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Adscita statices

(Linnaeus, 1758) 163 / 54.002

Norfolk status
Well recorded in the Brecks, and at scattered sites along the coast.
Flies in sunshine feeding at flowers in open habitats, damp grassland, chalk, heathland.

The only green Forester moth found in Norfolk, the similar Cistus Forester does not occur.

The Forester may not always appear Green. The moth has a humidity-dependent colour-changing ability, changing its colour from green during the day to red when night falls. In a recent study by University of Fribourg and Lund University, researchers have dubbed these moths "living water vapour sensors", the water causing a distortion of the light. More info...

S41 - UK BAP priority species.

Recorded in 32 (43%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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05.07.2023 - Thetford - David Howdon - Forester moths displaying their humidity-dependent colour-changing ability, changing colour from green during the day to red at night
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
13/06/2024128TF71West Bilney
01/08/2023128TL99Little Ellingham
30/07/2023128TF71West Bilney
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 11-13mm.
Flight: One generation. May-July.
Foodplant:   Common and Sheeps Sorel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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