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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 10mm.

Foodplant: Not recorded in UK, but on Continent various plants in horticultural establishments.

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 recorded200020102000
Year last recorded200920102010
Number of records3210
Number of individuals3210
Unique positions318
Unique locations318
Adult records3210
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 10 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2000.


1403a Duponchelia fovealis 02
© Jenny Seawright
1403a Duponchelia fovealis 01
© Jenny Seawright

Species Account

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.

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