Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Mike Shurmer,  Long Mynd, Shropshire, 26 August 2017

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Golden-rod Brindle
Xylena solidaginis

(Hübner, 1803) 2233 / 73.207
=Lithomoia solidaginis

An uncommon and local species found in the north and west of the region.

A species of moorland and upland scrub though it has been found some distance from those habitats so may be an immigrant too.

Overwinters as an egg. Adults can be found resting on vegetation or fences during the day when they resemble a heather twig or Grouse dropping. They are attracted to light and to sugar.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 16 (11%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1905.
Last Recorded in 2017.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 18-21mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Moorland plants, Heather, Bilberry, Cowberry
Nat Status: Local (Immigrant)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2017+VC40 - ShropshireSO49
19/08/20171VC39 - StaffordshireSK02
28/08/20141VC39 - StaffordshireSK05
09/08/20141VC39 - StaffordshireSK05
27/08/20131VC39 - StaffordshireSK06

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