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Toadflax Brocade
Calophasia lunula (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Oncocnemidinae
2223 / 73.059
Photo © Andy Musgrove

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 14-15mm.
Season: Two generations May-Sept.
Foodplant:   Purple Toadflax and Common Toadflax.
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Scarce immigrant/vagrant.
First Norfolk records in 2004 when three recorded at two sites.

The established breeding range of Toadflax Brocade in Britain is confined to parts of the Kent and Sussex coasts, typically favouring areas of shingle where the main food plant Purple Toadflax grows.
A number of East Anglian records in recent years show a possible expansion of the breeding range in the UK.

Larvae recorded in Norfolk for the first time in September 2019 at Hellesdon by D. Longe. Five larvae were initially found on 3rd September feeding on Purple Toadflax in the recorder's garden.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (6%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2019327TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
03/09/2019527TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
13/06/2019127TG20 - Norwich
25/05/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
24/05/2019127TG20 - Norwich
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