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|Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae|
Distribution and Abundance: Local.
Primary Habitat: Waste ground.
Flight Period: Single brooded in April and May.
Localities: Salcey Forest, Nene Campus, Harrington Airfield and Castor Hanglands.
Observations: The species is probably more widely distributed than records suggest due to the under working of its preferred habitat. Twelve caterpillars were found feeding on mayweed on 18 July 2003 at Harrington Airfield; some of the other records are also of caterpillars being found on chamomiles and mayweeds. As they are quite conspicuous when large, just looking at the foodplants in June or July could well yield further records.
Confusion Species: The Shark
L.O.N.: 1906. Near Kettering, Blatherwycke. Scarce.
First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.