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Spinach
Eulithis mellinata

(Fabricius, 1787) 1757 / 70.092

A rare and declining resident.

A species of gardens and allotments. It is more a lowland moth than the Northern Spinach.

Overwinters as an egg while adults fly at dusk and are attracted to light.

Note Similar to Northern Spinach but it has a distinctive resting position, similar to that of Barred Straw.

Recorded in 70 (50%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1899.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm.
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Black Currant, Red Current
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
30/07/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
16/07/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO46
12/07/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ93
06/08/20211VC37 - WorcestershireSO87
23/07/20212VC40 - ShropshireSO58

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