Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nationally Scarce B
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Foodplant: Cacao, tobacco, cereals.
|Year first recorded||1885||1885|
|Year last recorded||2008||2008|
|Number of records||12||24|
|Number of individuals||4||8|
For the region, we have a total of 24 records from 22 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.
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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).