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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Rare migrant

Local Status: Very rare and very local migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 20-22mm.

Foodplant: Oraches, goosefoots, Knotgrass.

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 recorded199819951995
Year last recorded201019952010
Number of records9120
Number of individuals9120
Unique positions7116
Unique locations7116
Adult records9120
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 20 records from 16 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1995.


2304 Orache Moth 02
© Dave Foot
2304 Orache Moth 01
© Martin Cade, 4 Jul 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A resident species in the Channel Islands since the 1980s, resident within the fenland region of East Anglia until 1915, and noted as a rare immigrant to south-eastern England subsequently, the larva feeding on orache (Atriplex spp.), goosefoot (Chenopodium spp.) and other herbaceous plants. This handsome and very rare visitor has been seen on nine occasions, mostly close to the coast: West Bexington, on 19 July 2006 (R Eden), Abbotsbury, floating in a small stream, then fluttered to the opposite bank and was lost, end of July 1938 (A Sperring), Marshwood, at MV on 28 July 2004 (Mrs J Baker), Upwey, at MV on 31 July 2003 (P Harris), Portland, at MV on 20 June 1998, 19 July 2003, 5 July 2006 (M Cade), Durlston, 25 July 2006 (P Davey), Iford, at MV on 30 July 1995 (M Jeffes).

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