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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, late May-June and late July-August

Forewing: 14-15mm

Foodplant: Purple Toadflax and other Toadflax species

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 recorded19901990
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records612
Number of individuals612
Unique positions510
Unique locations48
Adult records612
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 12 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.


2223 Toadflax Brocade 02
© Martin Cade, 8 Aug 2009
2223 Toadflax Brocade 01
© Phyl England 21 Jun 2009

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A relatively recent colonist from abroad, first seen in Sussex in 1940, and subsequently recorded on shingle beaches, roadsides and in gardens along the Sussex, Kent and Essex coasts, the larva feeding on toadflax (Linaria spp.). The moth has been recorded four times in Dorset and all are suspected immigrants: Portland, at MV on 28 May 1990, 10 June 1990 (M Rogers), Upwey, at MV on 9 June 2004 (P Harris), Wareham, inside printing warehouse on 12 June 1998 (B Withers). The species is widely distributed across Europe where it has an overlapping double brood.

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