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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very scarce migrant, may yet colonise.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct-Nov.

Forewing: 20-24mm.

Foodplant: Meadow Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Blackthorn and Broom.

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 recorded198920031989
Year last recorded201120032011
Number of records891180
Number of individuals901182
Unique positions31164
Unique locations24150
Adult records841170
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 180 records from 50 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1989.


2251 Flame Brocade 02
© Dave Foot
2251 Flame Brocade 01
© Martin Cade, 21 Oct 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in the Channel Islands, resident on the south coast of Sussex between 1855 and 1892, and noted as a rare immigrant subsequently, the larva is polyphagous. This handsome and once very rare visitor to Dorset which was first seen on Portland in 1959 and then again at Durlston in 1978, has become an almost annual immigrant, being seen on sixteen out of the past twenty years. With thirty examples trapped at Durlston to date, roughly half the county tally, the moth at first glance might appear to have colonised this part of the Purbeck coast. However, practically all dates coincided with immigration from abroad, and the relatively high number is more likely to result from the huge effort expended by migrant-moth hunters in the Park. The Channel Islands and Normandy appears to be the northern-most limit of the range of the species at the present time, but increasing average temperatures year on year may yet pursuade this moth to colonise Purbeck. On the Continent the Flame Brocade occurs in western and southern France, in Italy and in Iberia.

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