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72.074 [B&F: 2409a] Beautiful Marbled (Eublemma purpurina) ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Very rare immigrant (less than 10 previous UK records) from southern Europe, appearing in southern England for the first time in Dorset in 2001, but only identified from a set specimen during 2004, a year which saw an influx of some eight moths of this previously unrecorded species. In Hampshire the first was trapped at Cheriton Wood, vice-county 12, on 31 July 2004, and the second at Southsea, vice-county 11, on 16 August 2004 - these were the second and third British records. Subsequently recorded at Waterlooville on 6 August 2005 and at Beaulieu on 30 July 2006, both in vice-county 11. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 26-30 mm. Some poorly marked specimens resemble f. carthami of Purple Marbled E. ostrina, however the postmedian fascia which bisects the purple distal half of the wing in Beautiful Marbled is absent in Purple Marbled. Larva feeds on Creeping Thistle, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)21-Jul-2018oneButler, AAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)22-Jul-2018oneHalsey, JAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Portsmouth (SU60)16-Aug-2004oneThirlwell, IRAdult
Waterlooville (SU61)06-Aug-2005oneMoore, RJAdult
Beaulieu (SU30)30-Jul-2006oneIvon-Jones, BAdult
South Brockenhurst (SU20)19-Aug-2012oneWynn, RBAdult
Stanpit (SZ19)08-Jun-2018oneHarley, R; Kasiske, TAdult
Stanpit (SZ19)09-Jun-2018oneHarley, RPAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Cheriton Wood (SU62)31-Jul-2004oneThompson, PAdult
Abbotstone Down (SU53)29-Jun-2016twoWalliker, TAdult

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