Box-tree Moth - Cydalima perspectalis
A distinctive species which should be recognised without difficulty, although there is also a very dark brown form.
Associated with Box (Buxus).
As an introduced species it may occur at any time.
The moth is a pest species of box (Buxus), and is almost certainly an introduction with imported Buxus plants.
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.
Previously uncommon but now increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Whetstone record of 14th June 2017 was the first for VC55.
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
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