Main: (Noctuidae / Xyleninae)
73.124 [B&F: 2362] Butterbur (Hydraecia petasitis) Doubleday, 1847

 

Local in damp grassland, marshes and river-banks throughout much of England, Wales and Scotland. In Hampshire it probably occurs in every extensive patch of butterbur in the county, especially along the Test and Itchen, and doubtless under-recorded owing to its secretive habits. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 40-52 mm. Unlikely to be confused with any other species: Rosy Rustic H. micacea is usually considerably smaller, redder, with straighter postmedian line with sharply contrasting paler area beyond, and with paler hindwing; Marsh Mallow Moth H. osseola is the same size as Butterbur but the forewing is pale ochreous brown or putty-coloured, and the reniform stigma contains a dark dorsal dot (MBGBI Vol 10). Larva feeds on Butterbur, over-wintering as an egg.

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC11 South Hampshire
(SU21)1951---
(SU43)1951---
(SU42)1951---
(SU42)1951---
(SU30)1981---
(SU43)1981---
(SU70)1981---
(SU32)1981---
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Beaulieu (SU30)01-Sep-1993oneIvon-Jones, BAdult
Leigh Park (SU70)02-Sep-1997oneCollins, BAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Leckford (SU33)1940-Anon-
(SU54)1951---
(SU46)1951---
(SU53)1951---
(SU53)1951---
(SU53)1951---
(SU33)1951---
(SU33)1951---
(SU43)1951---
(SU33)1951---
Leckford (SU33)1973-Sterling, DH-
Leckford (SU33)1973-Anon-
West Down, Chilbolton (SU33)1979-Chainey, JAdult
(SU56)1981---
(SU54)1981---
(SU53)1981---
(SU43)1981---
Leckford (SU33)02-Sep-1987oneSterling, DHAdult
Leckford (SU33)23-Aug-1990oneSterling, DHAdult
Stoke Charity (SU43)31-Jul-1996-Smith, PJSAdult
Stoke Charity (SU43)01-Aug-1996-Jessel, AGAdult
Stoke Charity (SU43)14-Aug-1996-Smith, PJSAdult
Stoke Charity (SU43)11-Sep-1996-Smith, PJSAdult
Stoke Charity (SU43)16-Jul-1997-Smith, PJSAdult
Itchen Abbas (SU53)24-Jun-1998oneBell, RALarval
Itchen Abbas (SU53)1999-Bell, RALarval
Itchen Abbas (SU53)27-Mar-2003oneLangmaid, JR; Elliott, BLarval
Leckford (SU33)14-Aug-2004oneStone, BAdult
Chilbolton (SU33)08-Aug-2007oneEvans, GCAdult
Overton (SU54)13-Aug-2009oneCross, ARAdult
Chilbolton (SU33)07-Aug-2010oneEvans, GCAdult
Overton (SU54)11-Aug-2012oneCross, ARAdult
Overton (SU54)10-Aug-2013oneCross, ARAdult
Overton (SU54)13-Aug-2013oneCross, ARAdult
Overton (SU54)14-Aug-2013oneCross, ARAdult
Leckford (SU33)16-Aug-2013oneEvans, GCAdult
Cholderton Lodge (SU24)12-Aug-2016oneNorriss, TJAdult

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