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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Vagrant/Accidental

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-May and again in Aug.

Forewing: 12-13mm.

Foodplant: Poplar.

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 recorded19781978
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records24
Number of individuals24
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records24
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1978.


1888a Dorset Cream Wave 01 f. cognatana
© Martin Cade, 11 May 2008

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A south-European species which became established in the Brussels area around 1984, and has subsequently spread out towards the north of Belgium. The moth has been noted on three occasions in Britain, the larva feeds on poplar (Populus spp.) The first individual was trapped in Dorset by B Withers at Wareham on 13 June 1978. A second Dorset example was trapped on Portland, 11 May 2008 (M Cade). The weather was characterised by east or north-easterly airflows from Germany and the Low Counties on both occasions.

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