Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted migrant.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Mid Jul-mid Oct, most in Sep.
|Year first recorded||1995||1995|
|Year last recorded||2009||2009|
|Number of records||30||60|
|Number of individuals||44||88|
For the region, we have a total of 60 records from 34 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1995.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species, and prior to 2006, recorded from just a handful of counties in southern England, the larva feeding on toadflax (Linaria spp.) and snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). It is resident in the tropics, sub-tropics, parts of Iberia and the Mediterranean region, and in the European part of its range it is single-brooded.
In Dorset, prior to 2006 the moth had been trapped on seven occasions: West Bexington, on 1 September 1998 (Dr P Sterling), Portland, on 9 October 1995, 25 September 2000, 15 September 2008 (M Cade), Southwell, on 10 September 2005 (D Walbridge), Breston Quarries, on 1 September 2005 (Dr J Clarke), Gaunts Common, on 11 October 1995 (P Davey). However, thirty-six were seen across the county in the phenomenal migrant year of 2006 with thirteen of them recorded on 23 September; a likely source was the region of the western Mediterranean given a route flown within the boundary layer, and the region of Iberia, had they been transported between one and two kilometres above the ground.