Main: (Noctuidae / Plusiinae)
73.008 [B&F: 2428] Golden Twin-spot (Chrysodeixis chalcites) (Esper, [1803])


Immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in southern England: up to 1980, there were about 18 records, all in September and October, between 1980 and 2001 over 100 specimens were recorded. In 1977 and 1978 some 20 larvae or pupae were found on house plants imported from the Canary Islands and Kenya. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight seven immigrants have been recorded to date, three from Freshwater, two from Highcliffe, and one each from Warsash and Crawley. Wingspan 33-44 mm. The most likely confusion species is Tunbridge Wells Gem C. acuta, which see for differences. Larva feeds on a wide variety of plants, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

Flightime guide

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Freshwater (SZ38)05-Oct-1965oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)09-Sep-1985oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)19-Oct-1988oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)19-Nov-1998oneKnill-Jones, SALarval
Bonchurch (SZ57)29-Oct-2007oneHalsey, JAdult
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)30-Aug-2014oneButler, AAdult
Wheelers Bay (SZ57)22-Jul-2016oneButler, AAdult
East Cowes (SZ59)19-Oct-2018oneWolton, VAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)13-Nov-2018oneHalsey, JAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Brockenhurst (SU20)01-Nov-2002oneButterworth, AAdult
Southsea (SZ69)30-Jul-2014oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Sandy Point (SZ79)22-Sep-2014oneJohnson, AAdult
Southsea (SZ69)13-Aug-2016oneGoodridge, JAdult
Fareham (SU50)24-Oct-2017oneMcPherson, IAdult
Bournemouth (SZ19)11-Oct-2018oneEvans, DAdult
Southsea (SZ69)20-Sep-2019oneLangmaid, JRAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Northwood (SU43)23-Sep-1998oneBell, RAAdult

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