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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted migrant.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jul-mid Oct, most in Sep.

Forewing: 9mm.


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 recorded19951995
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records3060
Number of individuals4488
Unique positions1734
Unique locations1734
Adult records3060
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 60 records from 34 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1995.


1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 05
© Paul Harris
1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 04
© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation
1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 03 and Rusty-dot Pearl (left)
© Martin Cade, 27 Sep 2006
1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 02
© Martin Cade,
1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 01
© Martin Cade, 14 Sep 2008

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species, and prior to 2006, recorded from just a handful of counties in southern England, the larva feeding on toadflax (Linaria spp.) and snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). It is resident in the tropics, sub-tropics, parts of Iberia and the Mediterranean region, and in the European part of its range it is single-brooded.

In Dorset, prior to 2006 the moth had been trapped on seven occasions: West Bexington, on 1 September 1998 (Dr P Sterling), Portland, on 9 October 1995, 25 September 2000, 15 September 2008 (M Cade), Southwell, on 10 September 2005 (D Walbridge), Breston Quarries, on 1 September 2005 (Dr J Clarke), Gaunts Common, on 11 October 1995 (P Davey). However, thirty-six were seen across the county in the phenomenal migrant year of 2006 with thirteen of them recorded on 23 September; a likely source was the region of the western Mediterranean given a route flown within the boundary layer, and the region of Iberia, had they been transported between one and two kilometres above the ground.

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