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Scythris picaepennis
White-dusted Owlet (Haworth, 1828)
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Photo © Ian Barton,  Cranwich Heath 18/06/2013 - First for Norfolk

Similar Norfolk Species
Norfolk Owlet
Scythris inspersella
Copper Owlet
Scythris subcinctella
Wingspan: 9-12mm
Flight: July
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, Wild Thyme
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Nationally scarce (Nb) in grassy areas, on chalky and sandy soils.

Dark brown forewing, sometimes showing a purple tinge, with scattered paler scales. The white colouring of the abdomen underside can be used with caution to identify this species, however many species in this genus show a paler colour.

First Norfolk record of a male netted on Cranwich Heath in 2013. (I. Barton, K. Rosewarne, 18/06/2013)

[MBGBI vol4.1 p286]

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 3 (4%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2013.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/07/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
10/06/2017128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
17/06/2016128TF64 - Hunstanton
09/06/2016128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
16/05/2015+28TL88 - Thetford
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