Main: (Noctuidae / Heliothinae)
73.077 [B&F: 2398] Pease Blossom (Periphanes delphinii) (Linnaeus, 1758)


Possibly a very rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing on the south coast, with a number of records from the 19th Century, but none since; it is known to have declined throughout its range, but being of great allure to collectors it perhaps has never been reliably recorded in this country. In Hampshire there is just a single record of two near Petersfield in 1890, mentioned in Goater (1974) but the provenance of this information is unknown as 'the record was never published'. Wingspan 32-36 mm. Larva feeds on Monk's-hood, but on the continent it does also utilise Delphinium in gardens. The moth flies in May and June, the larva in July and August, overwintering as a pupa.

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VC11 South Hampshire
Ditcham (SU71)1890twoCave, CJPAdult

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