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Straw Underwing
Thalpophila matura (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2303 / 73.109
Photo © Peter Hall

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Hedge Rustic
Tholera cespitis
Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A fairly common species across the region, especially in the east.

Found in a wide range of open habitats including parks and gardens.

Overwinters as a small larva, the adults come to light and to sugar.

Note if in doubt check the hindwing colour.

Recorded in 90 (64%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
05/09/2022136SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
02/09/2022136SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
02/09/2022137SO86 - Droitwich Spa
01/09/2022337SO77 - Wyre Forest
31/08/2022137SP18 - Birmingham-Hall Green
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