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Light Knot Grass
Acronicta menyanthidis (Esper, 1789)
Noctuidae: Acronictinae
2286 / 73.042
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Catherton Common, Shropshire. April 3rd 2011.

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Woody plants. Bog-myrtle, Heather, Bilberry etc
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

An uncommon resident, mainly in the north and west.

A species of moorland and heathland but it can wander from these habitats.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults can be found at rest during the day on rocks, fences etc and later come to light and to sugar.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 30 (21%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2019140SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
29/06/2019139SK02 - Blithfield/Chartley Moss
27/07/2018140SO49 - Church Stretton
06/07/2018239SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
02/06/2018136SO62 - E Ross & Dymock Forest
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