Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Very rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Creeping Thistle.
|Year first recorded||2004||2004|
|Year last recorded||2009||2009|
|Number of records||3||6|
|Number of individuals||3||6|
For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2004.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: First recorded in Britain in 2001; however, this specimen was not positively identified until 2004, when in the summer of that year a further twenty-two examples appeared across mainly south-western counties of England. This exquisite moth is resident in the Mediterranean and the north African regions, the larva feeding on the flowers and seedheads of carline thistle (Carlina vulgaris). The four Dorset (light trap) records are: West Bexington, on 31 August 2005 (Dr J Clarke), Portland, on 9 and 10 August 2004 (M Cade), Cheyne Weare, on 20 August 2001 (G Senior). All are likely to have originated from the region of the western Mediterranean.