Main: (Pyralidae / Phycitinae)
62.041 [B&F: 1459] Eurhodope cirrigerella (Zincken, 1818)

 

Until recently, considered to be extinct in the British Isles, formerly being found on chalk downland in southern England. In Hampshire last recorded near Martyr Worthy in 1960, the last British record, and was regularly reported up to 1946 at Farley Mount. That was until August 2019, when Laurie Evans took one at light in Wiltshire, and then again the individual shown here in late July 2020, suggesting that rather than potential migrants, the species may still be resident on downland at low density in our neighbouring county. although despite intensive checking of the foodplant, scabious sp., no larval signs have been found to date.

Wingspan 19-22 mm. Although this species resembles no other phycitid, it could perhaps be overlooked among downland crambids; its behaviour, however, is quite different, flying off with a characteristic buzzing flight when disturbed during the day [Goater]. Larva feeds on flowers of Field Scabious and Small Scabious.

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Phenology - Adult Records

Max records: 3
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Phenology - Larval Records

Max records: 1
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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

As above but the larger the symbol, the greater the number of records
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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC11 South Hampshire
(SU42)1800---
Farley Mount (SU42)20-Jul-1927oneFassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)01-Aug-193540Fassnidge, WLarval
Farley Mount (SU42)07-Aug-1935-Fassnidge, WLarval
Farley Mount (SU42)05-Jul-193618Fassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)08-Jul-193618Fassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)11-Jul-1936fourFassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)14-Jul-1936eightFassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)15-Jul-1936fourFassnidge, WAdult
Farley Mount (SU42)01-Aug-1945-Fassnidge, WLarval
Farley Mount (SU42)01-Aug-1946fourFassnidge, WLarval
VC12 North Hampshire
(SU53)1951---
Martyr Worthy (SU53)1960-Ffennell, DWHAdult

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