Box-tree Moth - Cydalima perspectalis

    Description

    A distinctive species which should be recognised without difficulty.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Associated with Box (Buxus).

    When to see it

    As an introduced species it may occur at any time.

    Life History

    The moth is a pest species of box (Buxus), and is almost certainly an introduction with imported Buxus plants.

    UK Status

    The first record for Britain seems to be from Kent in 2007. The species seems to be gradually increasing in frequency, and is now found relatively frequently in the South East and even central London.

    VC55 Status

    Previously uncommon but now increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Whetstone record of 14th June 2017 was the first for VC55.

    Reference
    63.054 BF1409a

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map