2022 Annual Report for: Castniidae / Castniinae

For species seen in 2022 that had less than or equal to 100 records, full details are included; for more common species, the earliest, latest and highest count by vice-county are shown. The narrative for each species is taken from the main Hantsmoths website, and it is possible that some information on abundance and occurrence can get out of date, as it is impossible to keep up with all changes; however it should give a good introduction to each species. The tables in each species account summarise the previous status, and that for the current year.

For the maps, all records prior to 2022 are shown by a blue dot (the larger the dot, the more recent), with the current year's records shown in red. As previous records are superimposed on any report for 2022, new sites have greater emphasis (i.e. will show as 'more red').

In the species accounts, an asterisk next to a location indicates a new 10km square record; earliest ever dates are highlighted in orange, and latest ever in red. Initials in the species accounts refer to the recorders listed here. Please get in touch if you identify any omissions or errors, in particular if you have records that have yet to be submitted. Details of how to submit records can be found here.

51.0001 [B&F: 0384a] Palm Moth Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880) - Adventive

Recorded infrequently through accidental importation in palm trees. Originally a native of Argentina, the species has a long history of establishment in Europe, finally becoming widespread in France and Spain in the mid 1990s. On 13 August 2002, first recorded in Britain in warm sunny weather at Bosham, West Sussex; subsequently four live adults were found indoors in May 2007 in an office building in Kent, having emerged from a 5m tall Canary Island Date Palm. Two individuals were reported from the Isle of Wight in 2021. Wingspan 90-110 mm. Larva feeds within stems and trunks of palm trees, over-wintering once as a larva and once as a pupa.

Records prior to 2022

Vice County #Records #Individuals First Record Last Record

2022 records

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Records by week (adult)

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Record Details

VC10: Forest View Nursery, Newport*, one, field observation, 23 Aug (KLovr det. JRB)