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Pale Shining Brown
Polia bombycina (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2148 / 73.259
Photo © Jon Clifton,  Norfolk 2004

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Apamea monoglypha
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Apamea sublustris
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Polyphagous
Nat Status: Red Data Book (proposed)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Rare, priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Has only been recorded from around 20 scattered sites throughout England since 1980.
Open light chalky soils, rough scrubby grassland and open woodland.
Mid 1990's Norfolk records and last seen in 2006.

The life history is imperfectly known, the larvae are thought to be polyphagous, feeding on deciduous trees and shrubs and herbaceous plants.

Long known from this county where it was once widespread, but usually seen as singletons although John Fenn used to find it regularly at Stoke Ferry before 1970. G. Haggett

Verification Grade Comment: No recent Norfolk records.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 25 (34%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2006.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2006128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
29/06/2006428TF64 - Hunstanton
29/06/2005128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
29/06/2004128TF64 - Hunstanton
June 2002127TG01 - Lyng/N.Tuddenham
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