Golden Twin-spot - Chrysodeixis chalcites

    Description

    Wingspan 33 to 44 mm.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    An immigrant species that is usually found near to the coast.

    When to see it

    The most typical time of occurrence is between September and November, when moths are sometimes found at light-traps.

    Life History

    On the continent, the caterpillars feed on such plants as chrysanthemum and viper's bugloss.

    UK Status

    An immigrant species into the British Isles, with usually several reported every year, mainly from the south and south-east coasts. The species is also sometimes imported as larvae on fruit and flowers. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as a migrant.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded). It is believed that the Ravenstone record of 2006 is the first record for VC55.

    Reference
    73.008 BF2428

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map