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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: 13-19mm.

Foodplant: -

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 recorded19611961
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records918
Number of individuals918
Unique positions816
Unique locations816
Adult records918
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 18 records from 16 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1961.


2054 Crimson Speckled 05
© Jack Oughton
2054 Crimson Speckled 04 4th instar
© David Foot
2054 Crimson Speckled 03
© David Foot
2054 Crimson Speckled 02
© Paul Harris
2054 Crimson Speckled 01 3rd instar
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species to southern Britain, and resident in southern Iberia and Africa, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, this enigmatic and exotic moth has been recorded in the nineteenth century: 1871(10), 1874(2), 1875(1), 1876(3), 1882(1), 1892(1), 1893(1), in the twentieth century: 1929(1), 1961(2), 1990(4) and 1992(1), and in the twenty-first century: 2006(5). The moth is sometimes accompanied by Silver-striped Hawk1993, for example in 1990 and in 2006. A number of sightings arise from people walking up the moth from coastal grassland by day: Portland Bill, flushed from the ground in the hut fields before being captured by the observer using his cap, on 20 October 2006.

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