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1718 Oblique Striped, Phibalapteryx virgata (Hufnagel, 1767)

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National Status: Nb

A resident in East Sussex, but currently in serious danger of extinction; extinct in West Sussex since 1939. Extremely rare on the Downs, the moth is now more usually encountered flying in very small numbers over grass-covered shingle, although it is sometimes fairly common in this habitat both by day and at mv light. Extremelly local and distinctly episodic in appearance in most places - but it is a great survivor. Double-brooded; the timing of the first flight varies considerably according to the warmth of the season, it normally appearing mainly from early May to late June; the second emergence flies more regularly, chiefly from late July to late August. Adults have been seen in every week from the third week of April to mid September. Larvae feed on Lady's Bedstraw and Heath Bedstraw. (Pratt, 2011)

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Deal Kent, 08 vii 2007 Photo: Keith Alexander

Phibalapteryx virgata (Hufnagel, 1767)

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