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National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and declining resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded19341934
Year last recorded20032003
Number of records56112
Number of individuals62124
Unique positions1326
Unique locations1224
Adult records55110
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 112 records from 24 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.


Chart 1 (1897)
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Chart 2 (1897)
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Chart 3 (1897)
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Chart 4 (1897)
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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A low-density species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). In Dorset, the moth tended to colonise suburban environments where host foodplants are grown in allotments and gardens: Portland, Iwerne Minster, Swanage, Parkstone, Lilliput, Luscombe Valley. It has never been found in naturally occurring red-currant habitat within damp woodland. It has not been seen for more than a decade now, in line with the decline experienced nationally.

The following light trap records refer to dispersed individuals trapped downwind of and some distance away from suburbia:
Arne Wood, ten between 2 and 7 July 1976 (chart 1), six between 9 and 16 July 1977 (chart 2), 19 July 1994 (chart 3), 1 July 1995 (B Pickess).

Other individuals were trapped at Furzebrook which lies eleven kilometers south-west of the Poole and Bournemouth conurbation. Again north-easterly winds are likely to have aided dispersal from Poole: Furzebrook, on 25 July 1972, 5 July 1976 (chart 1), 17 August 1976 (Dr N Webb).

A similar instance of dispersal from an area of habitation occurred in 1966 when the only V to have been recorded on Brownsea Island appeared. On this occasion winds were northerly. Brownsea Island lies five kilometers due south of Poole town: Brownsea Island, at MV on 22 July 1966 (chart 4) (A Bromby).

West Bexington, at MV on 16 July 1992 (R Eden), light south-easterly winds may have transported this example from northern France.

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