Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Import
Local Status: Adventive, possible very rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Foodplant: Larva feed on Cotton and legumes. Imported in Okra.
|Year first recorded||2003||2003|
|Year last recorded||2003||2003|
|Number of records||1||2|
|Number of individuals||1||2|
For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species found once in Britain: Durlston, at MV light on 15 June 2003 (S Nash). The moth has a similar range to the Egyptian Bollworm2420, occurring throughout the tropics and sub-tropics. It too is a serious pest of cotton but has apparently developed a resistance to pesticides designed to control it. Given that the surface winds backtrack to central Europe, it seems likely that both the Egyptian Bollworm and the Spotted Bollworm were transported for much of their respective journeys in airflows at medium to high levels from sources in Iberia or North Africa. An Eastern Bordered Straw2404 was trapped on the Scilly Isles on 16 June 2003.