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Oak Rustic
Dryobota labecula

Esper,1788 73.223

A recent arrival, so far found very locally in small numbers. Not proven to be resident as yet, but multiple records from some areas suggest that it might be. It was first recorded in mainland Britain in 2005 and has since become established along the south coast, and is increasingly being recorded in inland counties.

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Recorded in 12 (15%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2016.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Foodplant:   Holm Oak
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
01/11/20221VC24 - BuckinghamshireSP60
29/10/20223VC23 - OxfordshireSP33
29/10/20221VC23 - OxfordshireSP50
26/10/20221VC22 - BerkshireSU97
26/10/20221VC24 - BuckinghamshireSP83

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