Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Vagrant/Accidental
Local Status: Very rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: -
Forewing: M 15-17mm, F 18-20mm
Foodplant: Sessile Oak, Pedunculate Oak, Turkey Oak and Evergreen Oak.
|Year first recorded||2004||2004|
|Year last recorded||2006||2006|
|Number of records||2||4|
|Number of individuals||2||4|
For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2004.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). The moth is a pest species occurring in northern Spain, southern and eastern France and eastwards across central and eastern Europe, the larvae living gregariously in webs and often defoliating areas of forest. In Dorset, four moths have been recorded. The first record, Swanage (Mrs J Colson; Entomologist 374), was not believed at the time: "Any lepidopterist who has first-Subsequent light trap records indicate that the moth does indeed manage to make it to our shores from the Continent on occasion: Portland, light on 18 August 2006 (M Cade), Swanage, on 17 August 2004 (R Cox), Worth Matravers, on 18 August 1996 (M Townsend).