Beautiful Marbled - Eublemma purpurina

    Description

    Wingspan 25 to 30 mm. A very beautiful and distinctive moth. 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Although distinctive in appearance, photographic evidence is requested to support records for this species due to its rarity in Britain at present.

    Habitat

    Dry grassland.  It occurs in Britain as a migrant from mainland Europe and is most often recorded near to the coast.

    When to see it

    Double-brooded on the continent; May to June and August to September

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Creeping Thistle, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

    UK Status

    This rare migrant was first noted in Britain when an individual was trapped at Portland in Dorset, in August 2004. Subsequent investigation revealed that a number of individuals appeared around the south coast around this time, some predating the initial record, and in fact a hitherto misidentified specimen was unearthed from 2001. The species has since occurred on a number of occasions in the south and south-east of England.

    VC55 Status

    Rare migrant in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Rutland Water, Lyndon Centre record of July 2019 is believed to be the first for VC55.

    Reference
    72.074 BF2407a

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map