Main: (Erebidae / Erebinae)
72.080 [B&F: 2453a] French Red Underwing (Catocala elocata) (Esper, 1787)


Notes: Very rare immigrant (less than 10 previous UK records) from southern Europe, appearing in the Channel Islands. This central and southern European species has only ever been reliably recorded here once, in 1903, on Jersey. Not recorded in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 85-95 mm. The most likely confusion species is Red Underwing C. nupta, but forewing is more delicately marked, and median fascia on hindwing tapers evenly to the dorsum (distinctly pinched in C. nupta). It is unlikely that records of this species will be accepted unless the specimen is retained for examination. Larva feeds on various trees, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

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