The Moths of Suffolk
2440 Lempke's Gold Spot, Plusia putnami, (Grote, 1873)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens, marshes, damp meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives July to August

Larval foodplants : Wood Small-reed, Purple Small-reed, Yorkshire Fog and probably other grasses

Records : Darsham (A Watchman, 3.viii.1990), Redgrave Fen (SMG, 6.vii.2001)

Morley's Final Catalogue : see entry under Gold Spot

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-15mm, Wingspan 32-42mm


Confusion species
    AdultGold Spot, Plusia festucae

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Lynachlaggan, Inverness-shire (28.vii.2006) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Tromiebridge Meadow, Inverness-shire (16.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Redgrave fen, Suffolk (19.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman