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National Status: Channel Islands only

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Oak.

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 recorded20032003
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records48
Number of individuals48
Unique positions48
Unique locations48
Adult records48
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.


Jersey Mocha (r) second generation Clay Triple-lines (l)
© Les Evans-Hill
1678a Jersey Mocha 04
© Richard Cottle
1678a Jersey Mocha 03
© Jack Oughton
1678a Jersey Mocha 02
© Martin Cade, 12 Aug 2012
1678a Jersey Mocha 01
© Phyl England

Species Account

Similar species: 1678 Cyclophora puppillaria (Blair's Mocha) and 1679 Cyclophora porata (False Mocha).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local double-brooded species in continental Europe found mainly in deciduous woodland, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). The species was first recorded on Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1917 and again there in 1942, and at the present time is well established on the island. The first example from the British mainland was trapped at Freshwater Bay on 19 July 2003 (J Chainey), and appeared at a time of high migrant activity with winds from France. The moth, a female, could not be identified due to its similarity to other members of the Cyclophora group, however, it lay fertile eggs and the ensuing generation, successfully reared by the captors, provided confirmation of its identity. A southerly airflow prevailed at the time. Several more individuals have been trapped at light subsequently: Walditch, on 5 August 2008 (M Parsons), Chickerell, on 3 September 2004 (Dr P Sterling), 2 August 2008 (C Pinder), Upwey, on 21 August 2004 (P Harris).

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