Golden Plusia - Polychrysia moneta

Description

Wingspan 32 to 37 mm. Fine pattern on broad, golden yellow forewing, large kidney mark outlined in silver white and large fan like scale tufts on the thorax are diagnostic.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Generally a garden species, especially where Delphinium are grown.

When to see it

It is on the wing from June into August, and can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on varieties of Delphinium.

UK Status

One of the classic 'invasion' species, this moth was unknown in Britain before 1890, when it was discovered in south-east England. Since then, it has spread rapidly north-westwards, even into Scotland, although there are signs that it is decreasing its range again over the last few decades. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

Reference
73.014 BF2437

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