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2216 Shark, Cucullia umbratica (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Resident and suspected occasional immigrant. The moth generally occurs singly or sparingly in a wide range of habitats but it is sometimes fairly common on shingle beaches, amongst sand-dunes, on the downs, and in other waste places. Very local and distinctly irregular in numbers. Well distributed on the downs and near Rye, but now almost absent from elsewhere. Single-brooded, natives flying from early May to mid-August, occasionally from late April or to the third week of August, while suspected immigrants appear during late August and early September. Larvae feed on sow-thistle and (wild) lettuce. (Pratt, 2011)

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Belton Road, Brighton, 26 v 2017 Photo: Jeremy Patterson

Cucullia umbratica (Linnaeus, 1758)

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