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Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Crimson Speckled
72.0340 (B&F: 2054)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Noctuoidea
    »Family: Erebidae
      »Subfamily: Arctiinae
        »Tribe: Arctiini

This immigrant moth is rare in both vice-counties, and only recently detected in 1980, 1992 and 2006. Distinctively episodic in appearance and generally found within about seven miles of the coast. The moth arrives in two main waves. The first landings usually take place from early May to early June but arrive much more frequently between late August and late October. Adults have also been seen intermittently between those periods. The larval foodplants are not known in the wild. (Pratt, 2011)

Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Shoreham by sea, 08 x 2013
Photo: Claire Coyne
Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 04 x 2011
Photo: Michael Blencowe
Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 04 x 2011
Photo: Bob Eade
Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Wadhurst, 21 x 2006
Photo: Andy Adams
Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Findon Valley, 21 x 2006
Photo: Mike Snelling

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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