The Moths of Suffolk
2054 Crimson Speckled, Utetheisa pulchella, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Flight Period : Has been recorded from May to October, with most records occurring in the autumn

Larval foodplants : a wide variety of herbaceous plants

Records : No recent records

Morley's Final Catalogue : Immigrant; isolated specimens have occurred somewhat regularly. Rougham and Finborough Park (Naturalist 1858); Ipswich (Entom. v, 412); Aldeburgh in October 1876 (EMM. 1876, 138); one on Bawdsey cliff on 25 May 1885 (Entom. 1886, 127); Felixstow on 10 June 1892 (l.c., xxv, 191); Ipswich, three in September 1871 ; Foxhall Heath and Rickinghall (ante 1890). Sudbury in May 1898 (Ransom); [not taken by Nurse near Bury in 1913, as reported teste Nurse, in lit.] a specimen at Aldeburgh in 1922 (Trans. ii, 86).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-22mm, Wingspan 28-40mm


Confusion species : None

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The Gambia (6.ii.2005) © M Deans

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Further Photographs

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Caught by M. Scott - St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall (x.2006) © Matthew Deans
Trapped by Clive Moore - Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (13.x.2011) © Neil Sherman
Flushed by day - Salinas de Levante, Mallorca, Spain (21.iv.2014) © Neil Sherman