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Sprawler
Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Psaphidinae
2227 / 73.065
Photo © Dave Jones,  11/11/2020 - Stoke Holy Cross

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 17-22mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees.
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Local.
Late-flying species from late October to December.
Broad-leaved woodland and other wooded areas.
No other similar species has such a late flight period.

The vernacular name 'Sprawler' comes from the larva's habit of throwing back its head in defensive.

Recorded in 56 (76%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
04/12/2023227TG20Stoke Holy Cross
23/11/2023128TL98Brettenham Heath
22/11/2023127TG11Costessey
22/11/2023628TM09Great Ellingham
22/11/2023228TL99Griston / Northacre
21/11/2023127TG04Glandford
20/11/2023627TG20Stoke Holy Cross
19/11/2023527TG20Stoke Holy Cross
19/11/2023928TL99Rockland St Peter
19/11/20231128TM09Great Ellingham
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