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Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Psaphidinae
2227 / 73.065
Photo © Dave Emley

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 17-22mm
Flight: October - December
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A fairly common resident in the south but less so in the north.

A species of well-wooded areas and in some gardens.

Overwinters as an egg, the adults are attracted to light but seem to fly quite late.

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

Recorded in 65 (46%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1859.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
27/11/2022137SO84 - Hanley Swan/Upton on Severn
13/11/2022136SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
12/11/2022236SO55 - Bodenham & Pudlestone
12/11/2022236SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
11/11/2022140SJ51 - Shrewsbury/Haughmond Hill
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