Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug
Foodplant: Common sand-dune plants.
|Year first recorded||2009||2009|
|Year last recorded||2009||2009|
|Number of records||1||2|
|Number of individuals||1||2|
For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2009.
sorry, no pictures available for this species yet
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A very local species found on coastal sandhills in northern England, East Anglia, Wales and Scotland, the larva feeding nocturnally on sandhill plants, and hiding in the sand by day. A suspected immigrant was recorded at Dover in 1957. "This species must, at all times, have been extremely rare in the county, and it is very doubtful if it is now there. The records below I give full details of are reliable. I got the Wemouth specimens from A Druitt's collection and dissected them, and agree the identity. Professor Varley allowed me to have the A Pickard-Cambridge specimens for examination and dissection; they were as A Pickard-Cambridge thought, true cursoria. The colouration is very curious. The general tone is cinnamon drab. The markings are nearly obsolete - one has a uniform and a traceable subterminal line. The other has the antemedial and post-medial line clearly marked but little else is traceable. The markings are a deeper tone of the general hue. Hope department numbers of slides are 389:1959 and 390:1959." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Dorset records are: Studland, along the shore to the south of the red rocks, after lunch on 22 July 1887 (Reverend E Bankes, C Digby), Weymouth, six bred from larvae (J Ridley), two at arbutus blossom (A Pickard-Cambridge), Pennsylvania, undercliff (Pickard-Cambridge, O Pickard Cambridge).