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National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Cacao, tobacco, cereals.

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 recorded18851885
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records1224
Number of individuals48
Unique positions1020
Unique locations1122
Adult records24
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 24 records from 22 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A pest species found in stored food warehouses, the larva feeding on cocoa, chocolate, cereal products, tobacco, dried fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, sugar and dried animal materials. It has a worldwide distribution. In Dorset, the species was evidently well established historically, but with improved food storage and farming practices the moth seems to have disappeared, apart that is from three recent records: Frome St Quentin, two larvae in stable refuse on 15 May 1996, two adults emerged in June 1996 (Dr P Sterling), Fleet, (D Fletcher, J Bradley), Portland, (C Partridge), occasional on the undercliff (N Richardson), Puddletown, indoors on 31 August 2006 (H Wood Homer), Tolpuddle, indoors on 12 November 2008 (J Francis, conf. Dr P Sterling), Blandford, common locally (HDK), Corfe Castle, and common Studland, (Reverend E Bankes), Poole, (W Parkinson Curtis), Swanage, (C Clutterbuck).

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