Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Scarce and local migrant/wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Recorded late Jun-Oct.
Foodplant: Scarlet Geranium and Yellow-rattle. others.
|Year first recorded||1894||1987||1894|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||796||30||1652|
|Number of individuals||2048||47||4190|
For the region, we have a total of 1652 records from 174 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1894.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A regular immigrant species to southern Britain, most often recorded in southern coastal counties, and becoming progressively scarcer further north, the polyphagous larva feeding on wide variety of plants in the tropics and sub-tropics and in Britain occasionally found on imported fruits and cultivated flowers. In Dorset, records of this species date as far back as 1826, and its status is of a fairly regular, but often low-density immigrant whose total numbers vary annually between zero and one thousand. It has been recorded in twenty-five of the past twenty-seven years, and in every month apart from December, January and March. Many of those reaching the county are likely to have originated from sources south of 35 deg. N where the species is at least double-brooded. However in 2003 and more especially during 2006 it seems that the autumn brood comprised home-grown examples too following on from long hot immigrant-rich summers. Observations of individuals with pale straw-coloured forewings are few and denote a rapid life-cycle in high temperatures typically in desert conditions. A northward expansion of populations across Europe during the summer probably accounts for the steady increase in numbers as the year progresses, as it does for several other immigrant species. The only, old, record of a larva was one found in tomatoes imported from Portugal.