Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul and Aug-Oct.
Foodplant: Berries of Spindle.
|Year first recorded||1990||1997||1990|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||122||13||270|
|Number of individuals||140||28||336|
For the region, we have a total of 270 records from 72 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east England, the larva feeding on spindle (Euonymus europaeus). In Dorset, the moth is a suspected immigrant, transitory resident and rare resident. The bulk of the records hale from the coastal belt where spindle is scarce. Two-thirds of all records occurred in the hot immigrant-rich summer of 2003, and seventeen of these were from West Bexington on 5 September.
The national norm of a partial second brood in late summer is not reflected in the Dorset data. Here the peak of the second generation is nine times more numerous than that of the first, perhaps reflecting a more continental cycle and underlining the European source of many of the moths seen. Potential resident and actual larval records follow: Puddletown, at MV light on 24 July 2002 (H Wood Homer), Shapwick, at MV light on 28 and 30 June 2000, 29 May 2003, 20 and 22 August 2003, 19 September 2003 (P Davey), Badbury Rings, larva in berry of spindle on 18 September 2005, emerged 6 November, Hengistbury Head, larvae on spindle on 22 September 2001, at MV light on 5 and 13 July 2002 (M Jeffes), West Blagdon, larvae on spindle on 24 November 2003.