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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted migrant.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jan-Mar and Jun-Oct.

Forewing: 8-13mm.

Foodplant: Dried vegetable matter, cereal and grain.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded192319971923
Year last recorded201020042010
Number of records33372
Number of individuals633132
Unique positions14334
Unique locations12330
Adult records32370
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 72 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1923.


1289 Euchromius ocellea 05
© Julian Francis
1289 Euchromius ocellea 04
© Paul Harris
1289 Euchromius ocellea 03
© Julian Francis
1289 Euchromius ocellea 02
© Martin Cade, 23 Jan 2008
1289 Euchromius ocellea 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species that is recorded mainly from southern and western coastal counties, the larva feeds on the roots of corn and milo maize (Sorghum spp.) in the tropics and sub-tropics where it is likely to be continuously brooded. It is also a single-brooded resident in southern Europe where it overwinters between late autumn and early spring, the larva feeding in this more temperate region on detritus and decaying plant matter. In Dorset, prior to 2003, the moth had been recorded on nine occasions mostly from light traps, and always on or close to the coast.

The remarkable winter immigrations during February 2004 and again in January and February 2008 from the Sahara, yielded more than twenty individuals on both occasions. The moth may appear at any time of the year, but the winter months so far have produced the largest numbers across the county.

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