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Satin Stowaway

Antichloris viridis

Checklist Number
72.0252 [B&F: 2073]

Record requires retention of specimen until confirmed, and may require dissection. Consult with CMR if unsure


Authority:Druce, 1884

Recorded infrequently through accidental importation in bananas from Central and South America, most likely to be found in the larval form in fruit from greengrocers and supermarkets, first recorded in Britain in Hertfordshire in July 1977. The first county record was of one reared from a pupa on a banana in Brockenhurst, 1974 (previously referred to 2074a Antichloris eriphia). Two further records have been accepted, in Winchester in 2001 and from Fyffes warehouse in Basingstoke in 2003; another bred from a banana by the author in 2014 probably originated from the same place. Two records from the Isle of Wight have not been determined and may relate to this species or the closely related eriphia: it is necessary to breed any larvae found on imported bananas to correctly identify Antichloris sp. In its native range, the larva feeds on Banana, causing economically-important damage at times.

Updated November 2019: status review.

VC10 Isle of Wight

Site Date Quantity Recorder Stage
Lake (SZ58)05/02/2006oneDave DanaPupal
Newport (SZ48)01/10/2009oneNeil GreenPupal exuviae

VC11 South Hampshire

Site Date Quantity Recorder Stage
Brockenhurst (SU20)01/09/1974oneBarry GoaterPupal
Winchester (SU42)01/01/2001oneMichael GibbonsAdult

VC12 North Hampshire

Site Date Quantity Recorder Stage
Basingstoke (SU65)01/10/2003oneUnknownAdult
Basingstoke (SU65)18/10/2014oneMike WallAdult