Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Vagrant/Accidental
Local Status: Very rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1958||1958|
|Year last recorded||2006||2006|
|Number of records||5||10|
|Number of individuals||5||10|
For the region, we have a total of 10 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1958.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A very rare immigrant species and first recorded in Britain in 1958 and then in 1992, but with increasing frequency this century. It is headquartered in the sub-tropics including north Africa, and is an immigrant to southern Europe, the larva feeding on globe thistle (Echinops exaltatus) and bean caper (Zygophyllum fabago). On 9 May 1958 a south-westerly airflow brought the first British example to Dorset. A further four examples have been recorded in recent years at light traps in the county, and all but one are likely to have originated south of 35 deg. N over north-west Africa: Iwerne Minster, on 9 May 1958 (H Moore), West Bexington, on 25 June 2003, 12 August 2006 (R Eden), Durlston, on 14 May 1992 (B Skinner), 1 June 2006 (P Davey). However, the second example of 2006 (see photo) may well have been a local-bred specimen due to its amazing dark colouration; a persistent northerly airflow precluded the possibility of immigration during the first fortnight of August.