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Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella (Linnaeus, 1758) 
There are no official Nottinghamshire records of this stunning migrant moth, but in view of the records of species such as Passenger, Mediterranean Brocade and Cosmopolitan turning up in recent years, then nothing should really surprise or seem so unlikely anymore. However, there is an interesting record from Teal Close in Netherfield, where the wings of a Crimson Speckled were found underneath a street light by Darren Matthews in 2008, but the record was never sent in to the county recorder.

Crimson Speckled is usually found along south coastal sites later in the year and often flushed from low vegetation during the day. Many thanks to Phil Cadman for supplying the photograph illustrating this species.
Photographed outside the UK, October 2017.
Early stages                            
Early instar larva (captive bred stock) photographed on Forget-me-not Myosotis arvensis February 4th 2023.
Mid-instar larva (captive bred stock) photographed on Forget-me-not Myosotis arvensis February 15th 2023.
Larva (30mm) photographed on Forget-me-not Myosotis arvensis February 25th 2023.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Crimson Speckled 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Darren Matthews.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2023

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