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.
Foodplant: Meadow Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Blackthorn and Broom.
|Year first recorded||1989||2003||1989|
|Year last recorded||2011||2003||2011|
|Number of records||89||1||180|
|Number of individuals||90||1||182|
For the region, we have a total of 180 records from 50 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1989.
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.