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Figure of Eight
Diloba caeruleocephala (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Dilobinae
2020 / 73.033
Photo © Dave Emley

Similar West Midlands Species
Figure of Eighty
Tethea ocularis
Poplar Lutestring
Tethea or
Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: September - November
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Plum, Cherry, Crab Apple
Red List: Endangered (EN)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

An uncommon resident, more frequent in the north.

Found in most habitats including gardens.

Overwinters as an egg and adults come readily to light, often sitting on adjacent walls or fences.

Verification Grade Comment: Declining species

Recorded in 94 (67%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
09/11/2020136SO44 - Stretton Sugwas, Wellington
06/11/2020140SJ51 - Shrewsbury/Haughmond Hill
05/11/2020140SJ51 - Shrewsbury/Haughmond Hill
05/11/2020139SJ93 - Downs Banks/Stone
30/10/2020140SJ22 - Oswestry/Llanymynech
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