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Straw Underwing
Thalpophila matura (Hufnagel, 1766)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2303 / 73.109
Photo © Ian Marshall, 21 Jul 2009,  North Ferriby, VC61

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Hedge Rustic
Tholera cespitis
Forewing: 17-20mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although many records are still from lowland sites, the habitat preferences of this species do not seem as restrictive as suggested previously (YNU, 1970) [apparently confined to the lower ground from which all records come]. There are now also many more coastal records.

2012 (CHF): This species has been gradually declining in the county for many years and there is some evidence of a contraction of range to the south-east. In many areas of the county it has become rather local. 80% of our records come from the Spurn area where it used to be common for example 45 on 28.7.1995, but large counts like this have not been noted since 2000. It is very much a moth of lowland areas though there is an odd record from Malham in 2003 which seems well out of area.

Recorded in 87 (44%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/08/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
23/08/2023463SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
23/08/2023161TA02 - Hessle
23/08/2023161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
22/08/2023161SE95 - Wetwang
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