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Kent Moth Group


Dark Crimson Underwing

Catocala sponsa

Family: Erebidae

RES: 72.081 B&F: 2455

Verification Grade (Adult):

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.

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa) can be seen on the external pages listed below: