Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
Foodplant: Mostly cultivated varieties of Black & Red Currant.
|Year first recorded||1883||1883||1883||1883||1883|
|Year last recorded||2011||2009||2014||2013||2014|
|Number of records||11||12||45||39||5|
|Number of individuals||18||22||87||64||6|
For the county, we have a total of 112 records from 69 sites. First recorded in 1883.
Pheromone lure: TIP. Try larger gardens, allotments, fruit-farms, with lures on on the branches of the foodplant in June or July in mid- to late afternoon.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: As with many currant-feeding species, this has become very scarce in recent years probably due to increased use of herbicides. The moths should be looked for in gardens and allotments where the larvae feed in the stems and shoots of black currant, red currant and gooseberry. The adult can be difficult to locate, even if known to be present, and hides on the stems except in bright, warm sunshine (B. MacNulty, pers. comm.). Shown as recorded from all five vice-counties on map 197 in MBGBI 2, the VC62 and VC65 records can be traced to Porritt (1883-86 and 1904) but the VC61 record is not known.
2012 (CHF): Use of pheromone lures in recent years has shown that this species is more common than previously suspected. We have recent records for all VCs except VC65.