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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Rare migrant

Local Status: Rare recent colonist.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct-Dec.

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Evergreen 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 recorded200520052005
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records785166
Number of individuals26824584
Unique positions22248
Unique locations11124
Adult records705150
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 166 records from 24 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.


2246a Oak Rustic 05
© Julian Francis
2246a Oak Rustic 04
© Paul Harris
2246a Oak Rustic 03
© Gillian Nash, October 2016
2246a Oak Rustic 02
© Paul Harris
2246a Oak Rustic 01
© Phyl England

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: First detected in the Channel Islands in 1991, this moth subsequently made a successful leap across the Channel onto the south coast of the UK by 2005. It then became quickly established, first in Hampshire and then in Dorset amongst its host foodplant evergreen oak (Quercus ilex). In all likelihood, this species will continue to colonise the remaining evergreen oak woodland along the coastal belt. The following light trap examples comprise the first Dorset site records: Durlston, two on 26 October 2005 (P Davey, C Manley, S Nash), Highcliffe Castle, two on 5 November 2005 (P Davey). At the time of these sightings, it was not known whether the species was resident in the county. However, the following record confirmed residency at one of the two sites: Durlston, a very crippled adult to MV light on 28 October 2006 (P Davey). The moth has been seen in each year at both sites since 2005. The first date and last date when adult moths have been observed, so far, are 13 October and 8 November, respectively.

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