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Varied Coronet
Hadena compta ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Hadeninae
2170 / 73.282
Photo © Paul Harris

Similar Dorset Species
Marbled Coronet
Hadena confusa
Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Sweet-William and Bladder Campion
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Davey, P., 2009: Confirmed as a resident British species in Kent in 1948, the larva feeding on the ripening seeds of sweet william (Dianthus barbatus). The species subsequently spread northwards and westwards to much of south-east England and east Anglia, to Berkshire in the 1970s, and to Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire during the 1980s. In Dorset, the moth was first recorded on the coast in 1992 in a north-easterly airflow, again on the coast two years later, then inland from 1996. Records have been rather sporadic subsequently, but occasional examples from Shaftebury and Gillingham suggest residency for the time being in the north of the county. The following light trap records comprise all county examples: West Bexington on 9 July 1992, 14 July 2000, 1 July 2001 (R Eden), Bere Regis, on 14 August 1996, 19 June 1997 (S Barrett), Child Okeford, on 2 July 1997 (S Barrett), Gillingham, on 20 June 1999, 6 July 2000, 17 June 2006, 10 June 2008 (G Hopkins), Shaftesbury, on 21 July 1996, 2 July 1997, 12 July 1997, 8 July 1998 (W Shreeves), Melbury Down, on 20 July 1996 (P Davey), Highcliffe, on 12 July 1994 (R Chapman).

This species is similar to Marbled Coronet2171 and to a lesser extent, White Spot2172. Diagnostics include: central white band straddles the whole forewing.

Recorded in 10 (25%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1992.
Last Recorded in 2013.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
29/06/201319ST80 - Blandford
29/06/2009+9SU10 - Verwood
11/06/200919ST90 - Spetisbury
10/06/200819ST72 - Stour Provost
17/06/200619ST72 - Stour Provost
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