Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Rare and mainly coastal migrant/wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Nov.
Foodplant: Sage, Viper's-bugloss, chrysanthemums, Celery etc.
|Year first recorded||1983||1983|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||8||16|
|Number of individuals||8||16|
For the region, we have a total of 16 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1983.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species that is resident in Africa and a transitory resident in southern Europe, the polyphagous larva feeding on various wild and cultivated herbaceous plants and vegetables. It has also been imported several times to the UK in the larval stage on tomatoes and chrysanthemums. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded eleven times at light traps and always along the coastal belt in airflows originating in the region of the western Mediterranean and Iberia. West Bexington, on 10 October 1995, 19 October 2005 (R Eden), Wyke Regis, on 26 August 2002 (D Foot), Portland, on 13 September 1987 (E Smith), on 4 and 14 September 1991 (M Cade, N Hall), Arne, on 29 September 1983 (B Skinner), Arne Wood, on 30 September 1983 (B Pickess), Harmans Cross, on 13 October 1990 (B Withers), Highcliffe, on 9 September 1985 and on 2 October 1990 (E Wild).