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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Not recorded in UK.

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 recorded19511951
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records1122
Number of individuals1122
Unique positions816
Unique locations816
Adult records1020
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 22 records from 16 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1951.


1404 Hymenia recurvalis 05
© Jack Oughton
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 04
© Paul Harris
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 03
© Paul Harris
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 02
© Martin Cade, 9 Oct 2006
1404 Hymenia recurvalis 01
© Paul Harris, 1 Nov 2011

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant to southern England, first recorded in 1951 in Surrey, and resident in the tropics where it is a pest species on beet (Beta spp.) crops; the larva also feeds on goosefoots (Chenopodia spp.) and pigweeds (Amaranthus spp.).

In Dorset, eleven moths have been seen, all at light traps: Eype Mouth, on 13 October 2008, Portland, on 10 and 11 October 1995, 10 and 26 October 2006 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 17 October 2006 (H Wood Homer), Scar Bank, on 7 September 1951 (A Russell), Durlston, three on 28 October 2006 (P Davey, Dr J Clarke), West Blagdon, on 17 October 2006 (D Green). All dates coincided with mainly southerly airflows originating from regions south of 35°N.

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