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Clifden Nonpareil
Catocala fraxini

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2451 / 72.076
=Blue Underwing
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Skidby VC 61

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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a rare immigrant to the British Isles and usually only reaches the South of the country. The unusually hot summer of 1976 resulted in over twenty specimens being recorded in Britain (Skinner, 1984), two of which were in Yorkshire. These were the first since Porritt (1883-86, 1904) when five specimens had been found from 1858 to 1896.

Argus 54, 2007: Amazingly, in a poor migrant year, this spectacular moth turned up south of Ripon!

VC64. Bishop Monkton, 8.9.2007 (D&DB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): There seem to have been six records since Porritt, so 11 in total. None seen since 2007.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 45 (23%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1858.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Beautiful Marbled  |  Red Underwing >
Forewing: 41-48mm
Flight: Aug - October
Foodplant:   Aspen, poplars
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Not Assessed / Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/10/2023161TA14 - Brandesburton
08/10/2023161TA02 - Hessle
07/10/2023162NZ70 - Glaisdale
06/10/2023163SE50 - Doncaster
03/10/2023164SE33 - Leeds
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