Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Channel Islands only
Local Status: Rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
|Year first recorded||2003||2003|
|Year last recorded||2008||2008|
|Number of records||4||8|
|Number of individuals||4||8|
For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.
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).