Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Rare and declining resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.
|Year first recorded||1934||1934|
|Year last recorded||2003||2003|
|Number of records||56||112|
|Number of individuals||62||124|
For the region, we have a total of 112 records from 24 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A low-density species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). In Dorset, the moth tended to colonise suburban environments where host foodplants are grown in allotments and gardens: Portland, Iwerne Minster, Swanage, Parkstone, Lilliput, Luscombe Valley. It has never been found in naturally occurring red-currant habitat within damp woodland. It has not been seen for more than a decade now, in line with the decline experienced nationally.
The following light trap records refer to dispersed individuals trapped downwind of and some distance away from suburbia:
Arne Wood, ten between 2 and 7 July 1976 (chart 1), six between 9 and 16 July 1977 (chart 2), 19 July 1994 (chart 3), 1 July 1995 (B Pickess).
Other individuals were trapped at Furzebrook which lies eleven kilometers south-west of the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation. Again north-easterly winds are likely to have aided dispersal from Poole: Furzebrook, on 25 July 1972, 5 July 1976 (chart 1), 17 August 1976 (Dr N Webb).
A similar instance of dispersal from an area of habitation occurred in 1966 when the only V to have been recorded on Brownsea Island appeared. On this occasion winds were northerly. Brownsea Island lies five kilometers due south of Poole town: Brownsea Island, at MV on 22 July 1966 (chart 4) (A Bromby).
West Bexington, at MV on 16 July 1992 (R Eden), light south-easterly winds may have transported this example from northern France.