72.081 .... B&F 2455
Dark Crimson Underwing Catacola sponsa  (Linnaeus, 1767) 
J.W. Carr in his book  'The Invertebrate Fauna of Nottinghamshire. Nottingham: J.& H. Bell Ltd (1916)' made small mention of this species with 'Sterland's further records of C. sponsa and C. promissa, each taken 'once in Sherwood Forest, may be dismissed as more than improbable'.

Based on the increase in records nationally (thought mostly to refer to migrants from the continent) this was personally considered one of the most likely species to turn up in the county within the next few years. It had been increasingly recorded along south-east coasts, but there were a few records from south Midland counties. Nottinghamshire's first records came in 2022, when singles were attracted to lights operated at Misterton (Lee, P.) on July 28th, an area of private woodland in the south of the county (Dulwich, P.) on August 13th and at Market Warsop on August 15th (Morton, D.). Many thanks to Dave Morton for very kindly providing the moth for photographing and be illustrated here.
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Photographed at Market Warsop August 2022.
 
 
Early stages                            
Ova on bark of Oak Quercus robur, photographed February 2022
 
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Newly hatched larva (length 7mm), photographed April 2022
 
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Part-grown larvae, photographed May 2022
 
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Full-grown larvae, photographed May 2022
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Catacola sponsa  
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Phil Lee. Paul Dulwich. Dave Morton.

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 August 2022

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