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Early Grey
Xylocampa areola (Esper, 1789)
Noctuidae: Psaphidinae
2243 / 73.069
Photo © Murray Smith,  26/03/2020 - Lingwood

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Hada plebeja
Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation Mar-May.
Foodplant:   Honeysuckles.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
As the English name suggests, this is one of the earliest moths to emerge in the season.
Broad-leaved woodland, heathland, scrub, fens, hedgerows and gardens.
Widespread.

Recorded in 65 (94%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1841.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/02/2021128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
20/02/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
21/05/2020127TG20 - Norwich
20/05/2020127TG51 - Winterton/Caister
18/05/2020128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
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