Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Scarce and mainly coastal migrant, probable rare resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul, mainly Sep-Oct.
Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants.
|Year first recorded||2005||2006||2005|
|Year last recorded||2011||2008||2011|
|Number of records||233||4||474|
|Number of individuals||369||4||746|
For the region, we have a total of 474 records from 80 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Established across southern Europe south of 45°N and new to Britain in 2002, the larva is likely to feed on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth was first seen in 2005: Preston, on 24 June 2005 (M Forster), Portland Bird Observatory, on 9 September 2005, 17 October 2005 (M Cade), Swanage, on 26 October 2005 (R Cox). Numbers exploded the following year for the most part due to the long hot summer plus frequent and often intense immigration events. Despite the atrocious summers over the following two years with minimal opportunities for immigration, numbers have remained significantly high (2007: 50+ and 2008: 100+) especially from coastal locations, and it appears that this newcomer is now an established resident in the southern half of the county, albeit for the time being.