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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Sage, Viper's-bugloss, chrysanthemums, Celery etc.

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 recorded19831983
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records816
Number of individuals816
Unique positions612
Unique locations510
Adult records816
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 16 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1983.


2428 Golden Twin-spot 03
© Paul Harris
2428 Golden Twin-spot 02
© Paul Harris
2428 Golden Twin-spot 01
© David Foot

Species Account

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).

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