Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and local resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.
|Year first recorded||1969||1900||1980||1886||1880|
|Year last recorded||2014||2014||2014||2014||2011|
|Number of records||189||276||113||510||24|
|Number of individuals||154||520||173||1095||28|
For the county, we have a total of 1112 records from 138 sites. First recorded in 1880.
Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: One of the two records in Porritt's list (1904) was a suspected introduction on churchyard junipers and the recent sudden arrival of this species in many areas can almost certainly be attributed to larvae on bushes imported from areas where the moth has been known to occur naturally for many years. It is now well established in many suburban areas and is often common. The only record which would seem to suggest that the species may have previously existed unnoticed in the County in our natural juniper sites is from VC65, although it is possible that this area has also been colonised during the recent spread. It has also been recorded from the Teesdale junipers near High Force (VC66 side) in 1927 and from other nearby Teesdale sites in the 1980s (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).
2012 (CHF): Not uncommon in gardens with juniper and records seem to have increased though it flies late in the year after many people have put away their moth traps. Old records have surfaced from the VC65 side of the upper Tees valley to indicate that it is likely to be a long-standing resident of this area.