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Figure of Eight
Diloba caeruleocephala (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Dilobinae
2020 / 73.033
Photo © Bill Urwin

Similar Norfolk Species
Figure of Eighty
Tethea ocularis
Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or
Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: One generation Sept-Nov.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Plum, Cherry, Crab Apple.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Very scarce in recent years.
Diagnostic '8' marking on the forewing.
Male has feathered antennae.
Hedgerows, woodland, gardens.

After a gap of ten years, two specimens recorded in gardens on the same night in 2012! Thwaite St. Mary (Z. Madgett, 23/10/12) and Snettisham (R. Roche, 23/10/12). Not recorded again until 2020.

Verification Grade Comment: Declining species

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 42 (57%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020128TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
13/10/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
23/10/2012128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
23/10/2012127TM39 - Loddon/Ditchingham
September 2002+27TG22 - Buxton
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