Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Rare migrant
Local Status: Rare recent colonist.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Oct-Dec.
Foodplant: Evergreen Oak.
|Year first recorded||2005||2005||2005|
|Year last recorded||2011||2010||2011|
|Number of records||78||5||166|
|Number of individuals||268||24||584|
For the region, we have a total of 166 records from 24 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.
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.