Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: -
|Year first recorded||1934||1983||1934|
|Year last recorded||2011||2000||2011|
|Number of records||52||3||110|
|Number of individuals||75||9||168|
For the region, we have a total of 110 records from 74 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on marsh cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris). The moth, unlike other Waves, has purple and gold hues throughout, and at first glance might be mistaken for the pyralid micromoth Hypsopygia costalis1413. In Dorset, the Purple-bordered Gold is very local and colonises mire habitat and the edges of ponds or flooded pits on sandy soil where its foodplant grows. It has been found in twenty localities across the Poole Basin including: Winfrith Heath, Trigon Heath, Morden Bog, Canford Heath, Hartland Moor, Studland, Holt Heath, Parley Common, Matchams and Town Common. The moth is attracted to light, but, in the author's experience, may more often be seen during the dusk and dawn periods as it flies over its habitat. Most of the existing localities hosting the species are on SSSIs, so threats to the species in Dorset are considered minimal, providing conservation agencies maintain good stocks of marsh cinquefoil plants at the respective sites.