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Star-wort
Cucullia asteris ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Cuculliinae
2217 / 73.055
Photo © Jeremy Bartlett,  Breydon Water, Great Yarmouth 16/09/2018

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Similar Norfolk Species
Mullein
Cucullia verbasci
Forewing: 19-23mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sea Aster, Sea Wormwood and Goldenrod.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Coastal saltmarshes.
One of the larger 'sharks'.
Well recorded in recent years where it occurs.

Diagnostic faint oval and kidney markings on the forewing are not found on the similar and more common Mullein moth.
Star-wort also has a later flight time (Jun-Aug) than Mullein (Apr-May).

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 21 (28%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1889.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/2021127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
16/08/2021828TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
16/08/20211128TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
15/08/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
01/08/2021228TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
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