Main: (Erebidae / Erebinae)
72.087 [B&F: 2460] Passenger (Dysgonia algira) (Linnaeus, 1767)


Very rare immigrant from southern Europe, appearing in south-eastern England. Until 1980 there had been just two records: near Dover, Kent in August 1967 and at Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex in September 1969, but recorded nine times in Britain between 1981 and 2005, with an unprecedented 12 further records in 2006: to date (2020) there have been 35 records. In our area first recorded at Totland, Isle of Wight on 12 September 2006, with another on the island in 2018; the first for the mainland was in the same year, on 4 September in Wickham Common. Wingspan 44-48 mm. The most likely confusion species is Geometrician Prodotis stolida has forewing antemedian fascia without central compression and the postmedian fascia doubly curved; hindwing with a clear white spot above termen (MBGBI Vol 10). Observers are reminded that the very similar D. torrida (see Lepiforum) is a potential migrant although not reported from the British Isles to date. On the continent the larva feeds on Bramble and Sallow.

Update: National and local status update August 2020

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Percentage of Total Records

Total records
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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

VC10 Isle of Wight
Totland (SZ38)12-Sep-2006oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Bonchurch (SZ57)01-Sep-2018oneHalsey, JAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Wickham Common (SU51)04-Sep-2018oneCoker, KAdult

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