2022 Annual Report for: Noctuidae / Acontiinae

For species seen in 2022 that had less than or equal to 100 records, full details are included; for more common species, the earliest, latest and highest count by vice-county are shown. The narrative for each species is taken from the main Hantsmoths website, and it is possible that some information on abundance and occurrence can get out of date, as it is impossible to keep up with all changes; however it should give a good introduction to each species. The tables in each species account summarise the previous status, and that for the current year.

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73.028 [B&F: 2415] Pale Shoulder Acontia lucida (Hufnagel, 1766) - Rare migrant

Rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in southern England on approximately 15 occasions in the 19th Century, but there were none for over 100 years until the 1990s, since when there have been over 60 reports nationwide, including 20+ in 2020 with indications of local breeding in Sussex. In our area, the first was in the New Forest in 1996, with further individuals in North Hampshire in 2004 and Isle of Wight in 2013, representing firsts for each of the three vice-counties. Since 2018 it has been more or less annual, with three on the Island in 2022. Wingspan 30-32 mm. Unmistakable. Larva feeds on Ground-ivy, Field Bindweed, Common Mallow, Dwarf Mallow and Marsh-mallow.

Records prior to 2022

Vice County #Records #Individuals First Record Last Record

2022 records

Vice County #Records #Individuals Max Quantity

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Record Details

VC10: Wheelers Bay, one, 27 Aug (ABut); one, trapped by Andy Butler, 27 Aug (IOu); Bonchurch, one, 14 Aug (JHa)