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Oak Lutestring
Cymatophorina diluta (Reisser, 1927)
Drepanidae: Thyatirinae
1658 / 65.014
Photo © Tristan Bantock

Similar Norfolk Species
Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or
Forewing: 15-17mm.
Flight: One generation. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak. Sessile Oak.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Easily recognised by two black edged brown cross bands. Only the subspecies hartwiegi occurring in Britain.

Overwinters as an egg attached to a twig from Pedunculate or Sessile Oak.
Larva April-May.
Broad-leaved woodland. Mature Oak.

Remains well established at only one known Norfolk site.

Single specimen taken at Great Ellingham in 2010. Where it originated remains a mystery!

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (8%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/20192628TG03 - Holt/Swanton Novers
03/09/2010128TM09 - Attleborough
15/09/200710028TG03 - Holt/Swanton Novers
01/09/20017528TG03 - Holt/Swanton Novers
30/08/1998228TG03 - Holt/Swanton Novers
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