Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: RDB3
Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Oak and beech.
|Year first recorded||2001||2001||2001|
|Year last recorded||2003||2001||2003|
|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 2001.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A rare deciduous woodland species that still occurs in Essex, and was found to be widespread in the Chilterns in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1962, but has not been seen there since the 1980s. Singletons noted elsewhere in south-east England are believed to be migrants. The larva feeds in bunches of withered oak (Quercus spp.) and beech (Fagus sylvatica) leaves that are still attached to fallen twigs; the caterpillar skeletonises the leaves.
In Dorset, the moth has been seen on three occasions all very recently, and all from light traps close to the coast. Immigration was intense on the two occasions (see account of Jubilee Fan-foot2490 also trapped in July 2001) and all three moths are suspected of originating from the Continent: Portland on 15 July 2003 (M Cade), Studland Heath, on 6 July 2001 (C Manley), Hurn, very worn specimen on 18 July 2001 (M Jeffes).