Silver Hook

    Deltote uncula

    NoctuidaeABH 73.026 B&F 2412

    A moth of acidic, wetland conditions, which was always scarce and local in Somerset, but is now very rare if not actually extinct in the county.  Unlike many wetland species, it has not been suited by reedbed habitat creation on the Levels and has not been recorded from its former county stronghold, Shapwick Heath, since 2004.  The only more recent records are from West Sedgemoor (2008) and Wiveliscombe (2009).  If it still persists in the county, sedge-rich mire habitats such as in the northern Quantock combes or around Winsford Hill on Exmoor may be the places to look for it.

    Adult Verification Grade: 1

    Silver Hook (Deltote uncula) photographed in Somerset by Nigel Voaden