Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Fairly common and mainly coastal migrant.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Nov, peak Sep-Oct.
Foodplant: No evidence of breeding in Britain.
|Year first recorded||1900||1997||1900|
|Year last recorded||2010||2006||2010|
|Number of records||271||5||552|
|Number of individuals||489||5||988|
For the region, we have a total of 552 records from 90 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1900.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: An infrequent immigrant to the coastal counties of southern England, the larva feeding on Oleaceae plants including jasmines (Jasminum spp.), privets (Ligustrum spp.) and olive (Olea europaea), also on strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) in its southern Europe and Mediterranean haunts.
In Dorset this unmistakable and handsome moth has been recorded in nineteen of the past twenty-one years in varying but usually in small numbers, although one hundred and twenty were seen in 2006 and in one case, egg-laying was observed: Preston, female observed ovipositing on Ligustrum ovalifolium on 16 September 2006 (M Forster). The data suggests a bivoltine cycle abroad but with a significantly larger population of second brood examples observed during the autumn.