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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Import

Local Status: Adventive, possible very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 7-10mm.

Foodplant: Larva feed on Cotton and legumes. Imported in Okra.

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 recorded20032003
Year last recorded20032003
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.


2420a Earias vittella 01
© S Nash, 15 Jun 2003

Species Account

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.

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