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True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyrea ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Noctuinae
2118 / 73.338
Photo © Tom Morris,  Alderholt

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Heather and Bell Heather
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Davey, P., 2009: The commonest heathland macromoth species in Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris) and bell heather (Erica cinerea). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on heathland. In favourable years trap totals are large, for example, 5000 at Furzebrook in 1972 and 2400 at Matchams in 1986. There are many observations of short or medium-range dispersal away from heathland, see also the Narrow-winged Pug1846 account. Interestingly, colonisation away from heathland has been observed in Europe for this species.

Recorded in 33 (83%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
31/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
28/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
27/08/201929SY98 - Wareham
26/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
25/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
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