Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun and Sep-Nov.
Foodplant: Monterey Cypress and Leyland Cypress.
|Year first recorded||1905||1988||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||995||52||2094|
|Number of individuals||1432||59||2982|
For the region, we have a total of 2094 records from 200 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A recent colonist of southern England, first recorded in Sussex in September 1984 and in the Channel Islands the following year, the larva feeding on monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa). In Dorset, the species was first recorded at Studland and at St Ives in late October 1988. The following year, eighteen moths were trapped at Durlston. Since this time the moth has spread west and north. By 1992 it had reached Portland, and by 1994, West Bexington. It was found at Preston, Upwey and Winfrith during 1997. By 1999 it had reached Sherborne, and the following year it had been noted in Dorchester. The moth is now well established along the south coast on monterey cypress and leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii), and continues to appear in new sites across mainland Dorset wherever these have been planted as hedges, which tend to be in urban environments.