Main: (Noctuidae / Xyleninae)
73.227 [B&F: 2248b] Sombre Brocade (Dryobotodes tenebrosa) (Esper, 1789)

 

Very rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in Guernsey at Icart Point on 3 October 2006, since when it has become quite regular there. Recorded for the first time on mainland Britain at Durlston CP, Dorset, on 12 October 2008, with four at the same site between 29 September 2009 and 10 October 2009, suggesting that the species may be breeding locally. In Hampshire recorded for the first time at Sandy Point, Hayling, on 28 September 2010, the sixth British record (and still the only mainland record to date); on the Isle of Wight, it was first seen in 2012, and then underwent a remarkable transformation of status: after four in 2013, there have been 40 further records to the end of 2020, suggesting local breeding in the Bonchurch / Ventnor area. Wingspan 36-40 mm. Much darker and larger than Brindled Green D. eremita and appears very much later than Dark Brocade Blepharita adusta, from which distinguished by its generally smaller size, lack of white scaling in the reniform stigma, less angled forewing termen, and well-defined, curved postmedian line on the hindwing. Larva feeds on Evergreen Oak, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

Flightime guide
StageJFM AMJ JAS OND
Adult
Larval

Records Received By Year

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC10 Isle of Wight
Bonchurch (SZ57)14-Oct-2012oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)27-Sep-2013oneClarke, JulianAdult
Totland (SZ38)29-Sep-2013oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)02-Oct-2013oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)10-Oct-2013oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)26-Sep-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)28-Sep-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)29-Sep-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)30-Sep-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)01-Oct-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)06-Oct-2014twoHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)15-Oct-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)17-Oct-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)18-Oct-2014oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)02-Oct-2015oneHalsey, James Adult
Totland (SZ38)20-Sep-2016oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Totland (SZ38)26-Sep-2016oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Totland (SZ38)02-Oct-2016oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)03-Oct-2016oneHalsey, James Adult
Totland (SZ38)04-Oct-2016oneKnill-Jones, Sam Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)09-Oct-2016oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)17-Oct-2016twoHalsey, James Adult
Luccombe (SZ57)12-Oct-2017oneColeman, BAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)13-Sep-2018threeHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)15-Sep-2018oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)16-Sep-2018oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)20-Sep-2018oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)25-Sep-2018oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)27-Sep-2018twoHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)30-Sep-2018oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)01-Oct-2018threeHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)02-Oct-2018twoHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)03-Oct-2018threeHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)16-Oct-2018twoColeman, DAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)17-Oct-2018oneColeman, DAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)18-Oct-2018oneColeman, DAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)14-Sep-2019oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)16-Sep-2019oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)22-Sep-2019twoHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)01-Oct-2019twoHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)07-Oct-2019oneHalsey, James Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)07-Sep-2020oneHalsey, James Adult
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)16-Sep-2020oneButler, Andy Adult
Bonchurch (SZ57)26-Sep-2020threeHalsey, James Adult
St Lawrence: Salem Close (SZ57)26-Sep-2020oneBarden, Phil Adult
VC11 South Hampshire
Sandy Point (SZ79)28-Sep-2010oneJohnson, Andy Adult

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