Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Common Juniper, Prostrate Juniper, cypresses
|Year first recorded||1907||1907|
|Year last recorded||1964||1964|
|Number of records||2||4|
|Number of individuals||2||4|
For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1907.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the needles and flowers of juniper (Juniperus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is likely to be extinct. Juniper was once scattered across the county on most soil types, but agriculture and forestry have virtually eradicated the plant. All that remains is several ancient bushes on Ackling Dyke in the far north-east of the county: Wych Heath, four adults beaten from juniper on 20 August 1889, two adults beaten from juniper on 23 August 1889, two larvae and two adults from juniper on 15 April 1890, larvae from juniper on 12 May 1890, two adults from 17 September 1894 (Reverend E Bankes et al), Bushey, two larvae on 11 May 1891 (Reverend E Bankes), Lytchett, Lytchett Heath House grounds, larva on juniper on 27 May 1907 (Reverend E Bankes), Stalbridge, at light on 26 July 1936 (A Russell), Iwerne Minster, at MV light on 17 July 1964 (H Moore).