Blair's Mocha - Cyclophora puppillaria

    Description

    Wingspan 28 to 36 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    An immigrant usually seen in coastal areas.

    When to see it

    Mainly July to October.

    Life History

    On the continent, the larval foodplants include evergreen oak amongst others.

    UK Status

    This is a continental species, and is only a rare immigrant to the British Isles. There have been a hundred or so records since the first in 1946, most of which have occurred on the south coast, although some have turned up inland and further north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Edith Weston specimen of 23rd September 2006 was the first record of this species in VC55.  L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    70.033 BF1678

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map