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National Status: Import

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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Foodplant: Tomato, potato and tobacco.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18951895
Year last recorded18951895
Number of records11
Number of individuals11
Unique positions11
Unique locations11
Adult records11
Immature records00

For the county, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. First recorded in 1895.


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Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This American species was reputedly taken in the nineteenth century from imported produce in Hull (VC61) and Leeds (VC64) (Barrett, 1895; MBGBI 9).

2012 (CHF): Barrett's entry reads: "The late Mr J.C. Dale wrote 'I saw a specimen actually bred at Leeds, another taken at Hull, one at Chelsea and I have heard of two or three others' and Stephens mentions seven or eight specimens which he believed to have been taken in this country, also mentioning the name of the gentleman by whom a specimen was reared at Leeds, but he adds with great truth 'Its true locality is North America, I have no doubt all were imported' and goes on the protest about the inclusion of accidentally imported species, such as these, in the British fauna. 'If this be admitted as well might the noble monarch of the forest because a captive lioness, escaped from her prison was re-taken on Salisbury Plain'. This opinion has met with general acceptance, and the moth, a noble-looking species has long ceased to vex the souls of entomologists by its visits"
Neither Waring nor Skinner mention this species in their books.

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