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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Nov, peak Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Clover and grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831974188318831883
Year last recorded20142012201420142014
Number of records132673104172142
Number of individuals4205117154333374
Unique positions6924232913
Unique locations6624222913
Adult records132473101170141
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1817 records from 154 sites. First recorded in 1883.


63.052 Nomophila noctuella 02
© Andy Nunn
63.052 Nomophila noctuella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Oct 2005

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common in lower areas and occasional elsewhere in all five vice-counties.

Beaumont, 2002: During 1996 this moth occurred widely and commonly throughout the County, being more frequent than for many years and was recorded from the beginning of June to late October.


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