Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant/Adventive
Local Status: Very rare migrant/adventive.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Sep.
Foodplant: Not recorded in UK, but on Continent various plants in horticultural establishments.
|Year first recorded||2000||2010||2000|
|Year last recorded||2009||2010||2010|
|Number of records||3||2||10|
|Number of individuals||3||2||10|
For the region, we have a total of 10 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2000.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: This species was first recorded in Britain in Norfolk in 1996, in Essex the following year, and in Cornwall, Cheshire, West Midlands, Norfolk and Hampshire during 1999. All UK records have been associated directly or indirectly with nursery plants. The species is resident in the Mediterranean region where the larva is polyphagous feeding on the stems, leaves and flowers of plants. It was first noted in northern Europe in 1984, and is now a widespread pest of protected crops.
There are two Dorset records: Milton-on-Stour, at MV light on 17 May 2000 (J Burge), Weymouth, 5 September 2006 (Dr P Sterling). Airflows were established from the region of the Mediterranean on 15 May 2000, and from Iberia and southern France on 5 September 2006, respectively.