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Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Status .....Small Ranunculus has recently colonised Nottinghamshire, after previously becoming extinct from the UK in the early 1900's, rapidly spreading northwards over the past few years. The Worksop specimen was kindly brought over to us for photographing by Phil Cadman of the Lound Moth Group, who netted the moth while nectaring on Valerian at Worksop in late June 2013. We finally caught this moth ourselves in late July 2013, when an adult was netted at Valerian in our Market Warsop garden and it has become increasingly common since. There was an unusual second brood in Autumn 2014.
Photographed at Market Warsop September 2014
Photographed at Market Warsop June 2014
Photographed at Worksop June 2013.
Photographed at Market Warsop July 2013
Early stages                            
Probable 3rd instar larvae (9-10mm). Photographed on Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) Boughton, July 2022
Near full grown larvae. Photographed on Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) at Market Warsop August 19th 2013
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Small Ranunculus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Richard Rogers. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth reports 2003-2012). Sean Tobin. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2013). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Dave Morton. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2014). Phil Cadman. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2015). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2016). Martin Gray. Lound Moth Group. Andy Adcock. NBGRC. Cate and Brian Kennewell. Graham Birkett. Tom Shields. Steven Chick. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2018). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2020).

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Updated August 2021

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