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Duponchelia fovealis
Dark Marbled Tabby Zeller, 1847
Crambidae: Spilomelinae
1403a / 63.046
Photo © Chris Pye,  01/01/2013 indoors, Watton (VC28 first)

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: c. 20mm.
Foodplant:   Wide range of plants / House plants
Nat Status: Migrant / Adventive
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Adventive species and rare migrant.
There have been suggestions that the species is associated with imported cut flowers or pot plants.

No evidence of breeding in the UK. The larvae feed on house plants, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas, occurrence should be reported to MAFF Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate.

First recorded in the UK from Thorpe St. Andrew, Norfolk (D. Hipperson, 1996) Further records from Stoke Holy Cross (A. Musgrove, 1999), Rockland St Mary (C. Regan, 2002) Eccles (N. Bowman, 2006) Barnham Broom (J. Geeson, 2007) Costessey (M. Cassey, 2012).
The first VC28 record was taken indoors at Watton in 2013 (C. Pye, 01/01/13).

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 13 (19%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1996.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2019127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
05/03/2019127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
28/02/2019127TG02 - Foxley/Foulsham
14/10/2017+27TM29 - Newton Flotman/Hempnall
25/09/2017127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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