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National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Oct.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Cultivated fruit and vegetables including bananas, tomato and potato. Occasional accidental import as larva on fruit and cut flowers.

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 recorded197819051905
Year last recorded197919051979
Number of records216
Number of individuals216
Unique positions216
Unique locations216
Adult records204
Immature records012

For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

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).

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