Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.
Foodplant: Monterey Cypress, Lawson's Cypress, Leyland Cypress, Juniper
|Year first recorded||1900||1991||1900||1991||1999|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2014|
|Number of records||1182||951||1368||1311||248|
|Number of individuals||1647||2768||3171||3718||417|
For the county, we have a total of 5060 records from 261 sites. First recorded in 1900.
Beaumont, 2002: This spreading species arrived in Yorkshire in the early 1990s and has since spread rapidly. In the south of the County it is now one of the most common autumnal moths.
VC61. South Cave, four 6-11.10.1991, ten 1992, four 1993 (DBC); Spurn, 30.9 & 11.10.1994 with small numbers annually since (BRS); Cottingham, autumn 1992, then annually (PAC); Holme-on-Spalding Moor, 1.11.1994, common annually since (EDC); Rudston, annual since 1995 (ASE); Filey, 1996, several October 2000 (per DBk); Tophill Low, 1.10.1998 (PAC); Atwick, 8.10.2000 (WFC). NEW COUNTY RECORD.
VC62. Hutton Rudby, 1996 and subsequently (GWF); Great Ayton, 1997 (PW); Burnholme, York, 12.10.1998 (MRB); Grosmont, 13.10.1998, 21.10.2000 (WN). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC63. Rossington, 12.10.1992, then annually, now common (RIH); West Melton, three 14420.10.1995, common in subsequent years (HEB); Canklow, late 10.1995, then annually (RFB); Mirfield, 26.9.1997, then annually and commonly in 1999 & 2000 (MST); Baildon, 26.9.1997 (AGG); Wintersett Country Park, three 2-7.10.1997, small numbers most years since (PS m, PM et. at); Wheatley, Doncaster, 10.10.1999 (SH); Elland, five 10-21.10.1999, eight . 6.11.2000 (PT); West Ardsley, several September 2000 (JM); Bradway, Sheffield, 29.9915.10.2000 (PH). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Cawood, three 26-30.9.1994 (JP); Burley-in-Wharfedale, 26.9.1996 (FCD); Birstwith, 12.10.1996 (MBa); Harrogate, 14.10.1996 (LVR); Grassington, 26.10.1996 (MRB); Headingley, Leeds, 1997 (JBo). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 24 between 3-13.10.1999, 18 between 29.9-8.11.2000 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
2012 (CHF): This species has continued to spread and can now be found as far north as southern Scotland. Numbers climbed until 2006 and have been stable since. It can be found anwhere in the autumn where Leyland Cypress is planted and can be locally common especially in gardens eg 31 at Mirfield on 13.10.2001.