72.034 (2054) Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Immigrant. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
In 'Moths of Great Britain & Ireland,' vol. 9, pp. 97-98, there are two dots on their distribution map in Kirkcudbrightshire, one inland and one at the coast. They both occurred in 1961 when more than thirty records occurred in Britain. Previously there were about forty records during 1900-60 in Britain. 
The inland record was of an adult captured in Glen Trool late September by a person returning from Perthshire en-route to England. This specimen is probably the photograph shown in 'The Dictionary of Butterflies and Moths' (1975). The coastal record is without further detail.
 
Life cycle
One or two generations abroad. Overwinters as a larva abroad.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae have not been found in Britain, but abroad they are on a wide variety of herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
Could turn-up in any habitat.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Anna White

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