Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Migrant
Local Status: Very rare migrant.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Oct.
Foodplant: Cultivated fruit and vegetables including bananas, tomato and potato. Occasional accidental import as larva on fruit and cut flowers.
|Year first recorded||1978||1905||1905|
|Year last recorded||1979||1905||1979|
|Number of records||2||1||6|
|Number of individuals||2||1||6|
For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
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For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Recorded on four occasions as a scarce migrant species in coastal localities in south-east England and East Anglia, and imported with Chrysanthemum plants into nurseries across southern Britain in the early 1960s. A pest species in the tropics and sub-tropics, the polyphagous larva feeding on a wide range of plants and shrubs, and, since the 1950s, established in parts of southern Europe. In Dorset, the moth has been seen as an adult on two occasions at light traps in recent years, both are suspected immigrants: Stoborough, on 14 October 1978 (B Withers), and on Studland, on 13 October 1979 (D Brown). A potential source for these was the region of the western Mediterranean on both occasions. There are two historic records are this species, but of larva in both cases: Boscombe, bred from larva found in the wild on 16 July 1905 (Major R Robertson), Weymouth, adults bred from larvae found among imported bananas on 4 February 1914 (B Smith, per W Parkinson Curtis).