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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Adventive

Local Status: Very rare adventive.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 6-10mm.

Foodplant: Pomegranates.

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 recorded20052005
Year last recorded20052005
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records00
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.


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© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: An adventives species to the UK, the larva is polyphagous, and infestation of fruits, including citrus and pomegranate, render it a pest species over some parts of its range. The moth occurs right across the Mediterranean region plus central and southern America.

In Dorset, the moth has been recorded once as a larva found in pomegranate: Bridport, on 1 October 2005; adult emerged on 22 November 2005 (M Parsons).

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