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Dark Crimson Underwing
Catocala sponsa (Linnaeus, 1767)
Erebidae: Erebinae
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Photo © Gary White,  31/07/2020 - Earlham Cemetery

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Light Crimson Underwing
Catocala promissa
Red Underwing
Catocala nupta
Forewing: 29-34mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, Sessile Oak
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Rare migrant.
Resident only in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Unconfirmed old Norfolk records from Foxley Wood 1967 and two questionable BRC record card entries!

First modern-day confirmed Norfolk record at Toftwood in 2018 (D. Norgate, 26/07/18) Found on shed by the 20W Actnic trap left in garden overnight.

Red Data Book category RDB3. It occurs as a breeding species only in the New Forest, Hampshire.

BAP Priority Species

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 14 (20%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1961.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2020127TG20 - Norwich
22/08/2020127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
21/08/2020127TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
07/08/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
03/08/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
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