Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Parastichtis suspecta

(Hübner, 1817) 2268 / 73.221

A local and uncommon resident.

A species of fens, woodland, heaths and moors with birch scrub.

Overwinters as an egg while adults come to light in small numbers.

Recorded in 52 (37%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Birches and sallows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
29/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO58
12/07/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ93
04/08/20211VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85
03/08/20211VC37 - WorcestershireSO95
26/07/20212VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85

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