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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Early instar larva, 7mm. Swept from heather, Kingsford Country Park, Worcestershire, 17th September 2021.

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True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyrea

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2118 / 73.338

A common resident.

A species of heathland and moorland but can occur away from these habitats. Perhaps it breeds in gardens on planted heathers.

Overwinters as a full-grown larva among plant debris. Adults are active during the day and later come to light.

Recorded in 87 (62%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Heather and Bell Heather
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
18/08/2020+VC39 - StaffordshireSK05 -
16/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
15/08/20202VC39 - StaffordshireSK01
13/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK01

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