Bordered Straw - Heliothis peltigera

    Description

    It is quite variable, and it is suggested that the paler individuals derive from desert origin, these often arriving with Saharan 'dust storms'.

    Habitat

    Various, but often near the south coast.

    When to see it

    June to August is the main arrival period.

    Life History

    In a good migration year, larvae are often recorded, especially in southern coastal districts. The larvae feed on a number of herbaceous plants, including often garden Marigolds.

    UK Status

    A migrant species, which varies in numbers from year to year, with large numbers in some years and absent in others, with southern England the most frequent location. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    73.074 BF2403

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map