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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Vagrant/Accidental

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Bramble and sallow, but no evidence of breeding in UK.

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 recorded19831983
Year last recorded20052005
Number of records714
Number of individuals714
Unique positions510
Unique locations510
Adult records714
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 14 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1983.


2460 Passenger 02
© Paul Harris
2460 Passenger 03
© Julian Francis
2460 Passenger 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare immigrant species to south-east coastal counties of England, the larva feeding nocturnally on a wide range of deciduous shrub species across southern, central and eastern Europe. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded at light traps on seven occasions, mostly coincident with airflows from central or western France, although the 1996 example was more likely to have originated from Germany: West Bexington, on 10 September 1997, 12 September 2005 (R Eden), Wyke Regis, on 22 August 2001 (D Foot), Portland, on 24 August 2004, 4 September 2005 (M Cade), Church Ope Cove, on 14 August 1996 (D Brown), St Albans Head, on 23 September 1983 (P Davey).

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