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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very scarce migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Arrive Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Evergreen Oak, Strawberry-tree, Rock roses.

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 recorded194720091947
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records29568
Number of individuals29772
Unique positions19140
Unique locations19140
Adult records29568
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 68 records from 40 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1947.


1678 Blair's Mocha 08
© Paul Harris
1678 Blair's Mocha 07
© Mike Hetherington
1678 Blair's Mocha 06
© Paul Baker
1678 Blair's Mocha 05
© Debra Saunders
1678 Blair's Mocha 04
© Paul Harris
1678 Blair's Mocha 03
© David Foot
1678 Blair's Mocha 02
© Paul Harris
1678 Blair's Mocha 01
© Phyl England

Species Account

Similar species: 1678a Cyclophora ruficiliaria (Jersey Mocha) and 1681 Cyclophora linearia (Clay Triple-lines), 2nd generation.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A transient resident on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly between 1956 and 1957, otherwise a rare immigrant, the larva feeding on evergreen oak (Quercus ilex), the shrub 'rock rose' (Cistus spp.), common myrtle (Myrtus communis) and strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). The moth is resident in the Mediterranean zone of southern Europe where large swathes of evergreen forest carpet the region. In Dorset, thirty-four moths have been seen on or close within ten miles of the coast. Observations refer mainly to third brood individuals, a sprinkling of second broods and three first brood adults, including one in 2007 and one in 2008. A total of nine moths were seen in the exceptional migrant year of 2006. There is no evidence that the moth has ever bred in Dorset presumably due to the absence of many of its host foodplants, although evergreen oak woodland at Durlston, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth and Highcliffe could potentially host a transient colony. A 'Blair's Mocha' trapped at Scar Bank on 3 August 1947 by A Russell, referred to within the Dorset Natural Society and Archaeological Society Proceedings Vol 69, page 132, and within the Russell collection in Dorset County Museum is, on inspection, the Clay Triple-lines1681.

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