73.297 .... B&F 2194
White-point Mythimna albipuncta ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)   
Status .....A regular migrant to south-eastern parts of the UK, but now resident in many southern counties and in recent years it has colonised a number of Midlands counties. The situation regarding White-point in Nottinghamshire is frustratingly confusing and it seems, hardly likely to improve in the near future.

Presently (at the time of writing) there are three records/claims of White-point in Nottinghamshire, but none have been officially accepted despite being widely believed to be this species. These include singles attracted to MV light at Broadholme on August 28th 2008 
(Gray, M.) and Elkesley on September 12th 2021 (Coombes, P.), but there is another likely candidate from East Bridgford trapped on August 31st 2021 (Reece, J. and Reece, L.). However, there is disagreement regarding the identities of both the Elkesley and East Bridgford moths.

A note on Broadholme records: Broadholme is in vice county VC56 of Nottinghamshire (which is covered by www.eakringbirds.com), but not in the administrative county of Nottinghamshire on which  the county's moth records are based by the county macromoth recorder. As such, no Broadholme records appear in any county reports, but they are officially recognised by Butterfly Conservation as being Nottinghamshire records.
Photographed at Misson Carr, June 2023
Photographed at Elkesley, September 12th 2021
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of White-point  
                Photographed by Martin Gray at Broadholme, August 28th 2018
                The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Martin Gray. Jason Reece and Lily Reece. Paul Coombes. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2021). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2022). Nottinghamshire Moths and Butterflies  Facebook group.

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 September 2023

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