Dark Crimson Underwing

Catocala sponsa


Species Codes

B&F 2455 RES 72.081

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Species Account

A Red Data Book species and rare migrant. This moth was rediscovered as breeding in Kent after larval finds in 2019 and further surveying revealed the moth's presence in localised ancient oak woodland. Similar to Red Underwing and Light Crimson Underwing, but there are notable differences on the fore and hindwings.

Record Verification

Grade 2 adults can be confused with other species, so good quality photographs or possibly a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com. Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

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