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Lempke's Gold Spot
Plusia putnami Lempke, 1966
Noctuidae: Plusiinae
2440 / 73.023
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  14 July 2018 Bure Marshes NMS meeting.

Similar Norfolk Species
Gold Spot
Plusia festucae
Forewing: 14-15mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Wood Small-reed. other grasses.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Scarce.
Broads, fens, marshes, damp meadows.
Very similar to the Gold Spot, but smaller on average, with forewing usually orange-brown.
It can be necessary to check the structure of the genitalia for confirmation.

Lempke's Gold Spot (left) Gold Spot (right)

Note shorter, broader, less elongated inner apical streak in Lempke's.

Recorded in 11 (16%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/2020+27TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
06/08/2019+27TG41 - Acle/Hemsby
27/07/2019+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
24/07/20191027TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
24/07/2019227TG41 - Acle/Hemsby
Further info: Plusia putnami
 
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