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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Vagrant/Accidental

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Oct.

Forewing: 15-17mm.


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 recorded19901990
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records714
Number of individuals714
Unique positions510
Unique locations510
Adult records714
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 14 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.


2102a Radford's Flame Shoulder 03
© Julian Francis, 19 Oct 2020
2102a Radford's Flame Shoulder 02
© Steve Whitehouse
2102a Radford's Flame Shoulder 01
© Martin Cade, 2 Dec 2012

Species Account

Similar species: 2102 Ochropleura plecta (Flame Shoulder).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A southern European species first recorded in Sussex in 1983 with a handful of records along the south coast subsequently, the larva leading feeding on trefoils (Lotus spp.) and other herbacious plants. The moth prefers open, dry, warm situations, and is double-brooded on the continent, the first brood on the wing in April and May, the second in the autumn. The author found the species to be common in the vicinity of dried-out salt-marsh habitat at Beziers in France on the Mediterranean coast. In Dorset, the moth has been seen at light traps on seven occasions: Walditch, on 29 November 2000 (M Parsons), West Bexington, on 18 October 2001, 22 October 2008 (R Eden), Portland, on 11 November 2001, 11 November 2004 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 31 October 2002 (H Wood Homer), Durlston, on 17 October 1990 (D Brown).

Diagnostics include: a longer wing than Flame Shoulder2102; a smaller orbicular stigmata; white hindwings lacking reddish scales; 'flame' (along costal edge) extending well beyond reniform stigmata.


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