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Craniophora ligustri ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Noctuidae: Acronictinae
2291 / 73.047
Photo © Julian Francis,  melanistic form

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Forewing: 17-19mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Ash and Wild Privet
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and privet (Ligustrum vulgare). In Dorset, the moth is frequent but rarely common, wherever ash or wild privet grows in quantity on chalky soils. The moth is rare in the Poole Basin. Salt-resistant privet thickets in coastal undercliffs and on the Chesil Bank, also support colonies. Although the moth is single brooded between late June and July in the UK, a separate single brood is suspected from early-May, with the main brood on the wing between late-June and early August; there is an occasional partial second generation in late August and early September most often at the end of hot summers.

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/08/2019+9SY58 - Abbotsbury
13/08/201919SY98 - Wareham
07/08/201919ST61 - Sherborne
05/08/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
03/08/201919SY79 - Puddletown
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