Evergestis limbata

Alternative names
Dark Bordered Pearl

Wingspan 20 to 23 mm. It is unlike any other British species and quite distinctive.

Identification difficulty

Occasionally attracted to light.

When to see it

A rare migrant. - Abroad, the species occurs in southern Europe, where it flies in July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed, like other Evergestis species, on Brassicaceae, especially Garlic Mustard and Hedge Mustard.

UK Status

A rare migrant to the south coast of England first recorded in 1993. A small colony has posibly been established now on the south east coast of England.  In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B (a vagrant).

VC55 Status

Rare in our area. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded). The Sapcote record of 19th July 2013 was the first record for VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland) but the fact that it was recorded on two other occasions in Sapcote during 2014 and more recently n Sapcote again on 1st July 2017 suggests that it may be moving into our area.

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