Water Betony Cucullia scrophulariae
Water Betony Cucullia scrophulariae
Adult • Netherlands, ex. Larva • © Jeroen Voogd

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Water Betony Cucullia scrophulariae

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 44-50 mm.

Although there are a number of records of this species dating back to the 19th century, the adults are very difficult to distinguish from the Mullein (Cucullia verbasci), except by genitalia determination, and many of these records are now known to be erroneous.

There are at least two more modern confirmed records, both from Swanage in Dorset, in 1949 and 1994.

It occurs from Europe to Asia and feeds mainly on figwort (Scrophularia spp.)
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