72.081 .... B&F 2455
Dark Crimson Underwing Catacola sponsa  (Linnaeus, 1767) 
As of the end of 2021, there have been no confirmed records of this moth from Nottinghamshire, but J.W. Carr in his book  'The Invertebrate Fauna of Nottinghamshire. Nottingham: J.& H. Bell Ltd (1916)' does make 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 must be one of the most likely species to turn up in the county next. It has been increasingly recorded along south-east coasts, but there are records from south Midland counties. Traditionally found around the New Forest in Hampshire, but there is the thought that it may possibly be recolonising some of its former UK sites.
 
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  
 
 
 
 
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Updated February 2022

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