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Scarce Vapourer Orgyia ridens (Hübner, [1819]) 
This has always been an extremely rare moth in Nottinghamshire. Even historically, J.W. Carr lists just a single record in his 1916 publication 'The invertebrate fauna of Nottinghamshire' where several were swept from near Edwinstowe by J.R. Hardy.

It's modern Nottinghamshire status has to be regarded as being suspect. There was a known release of captive bred stock in the Worksop area in the 1990's and a single larva found at Clumber Park in 2000 is likely to have arisen via the same source. But another larva found recently near Elkesley in May 2022 (Clarke, K.) may perhaps have better credentials? Although with Scarce Vapourer thought to be declining nationally, it might still be considered doubtful as having occurred naturally in the county for well over a century.
Captive reared male, photographed June 2021
Male and female, photographed June 2021
Early stages                            
Third instar larva, captive reared. Photographed May 2021.
Full grown larva, captive reared. Photographed June 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Scarce Vapourer    
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Kevin Clarke.

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Updated September 2022

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