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Ni Moth
Trichoplusia ni (H?bner, 1803)
Noctuidae: Plusiinae
2432 / 73.003
Photo © Dave Williamson Trapped By Paul Simmons,  Kirk Smeaton, VC63

Similar Yorkshire Species
Silver Y
Autographa gamma
Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: Recorded all year. Mainly May - October
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants including Sea Rocket, marigolds and hawkweeds others
Red List:
GB Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Yorkshire Status: Rare migrant.

This moth is so named because the wing markings resemble the Greek letters nu and iota. This takes a bit of imagination to see; the iota being more of a blob. It could be passed over for a small and rather ornate Silver Y by the unwary. It is a widespread species in the tropics but in Europe is a migrant. Our first record was at Spurn in 1982 and we have now had 11 records (up to the end of 2023), all in the south of the county, and six of these have been at Spurn. There were four records in 2011. Large influxes occasionally appear in the south of England. Many people have tried the pheromone lure for this species but all it seems to attract is Silver Y, or Dewick's Plusia if you are very lucky.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This migrant species has now been recorded twice in the County. The first was at Spurn (VC61) on 17.7.1982 by B. R. Spence. The second was at Selby (VC64) on 16.9.1982 by S. M. Jackson.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (3%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1982.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2022163SK49 - Rotherham
13/08/2022163SK49 - Rotherham
25/06/2017163SE22 - Dewsbury
29/09/2011163SE51 - Askern
09/07/2011161TA41 - Kilnsea / Spurn Head
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