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Scarce Bordered Straw
Helicoverpa armigera (H?bner, 1808)
Noctuidae: Heliothinae
2400 / 73.076
Photo © John Reed,  21/9/23 Flamborough village

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Bordered Straw
Heliothis peltigera
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: Recorded all months (most September - October)
Foodplant:   Many plants
Red List:
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Several of these rare immigrants were caught in 1985, previously not recorded since Porritt (1883-86).

Argus 47, 2001-2004:

VC65. Hutton Conyers, 14.9.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 52, 2006: A quite unprecedented influx. Before this year there had been 25 Yorkshire records. In 2006 there were 257 records of 405 moths spread widely over all five VCs. One at Otley on 24.6.2006 (AW) gave no warning of what was to come. The influx started in early August with a peak in mid-September and the last of the moths were reported at Haxby (TJC) and Knaresborough (SR) on 28.10.2006.

2012 (CHF): There has been no recurrence of the amazing events of 2006 with none at all recorded in 2007 & 8 and records in single figures in the following years.

Recorded in 70 (35%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1866.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/10/2023161TA17 - Bempton
22/10/2023261TA07 - Hunmanby
19/10/2023261TA07 - Hunmanby
11/10/20236161SE82 - Blacktoft
10/10/2023162SE99 - Harwood Dale
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