73.076 (2400) Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner, [1808])

Status
Immigrant.
 
Flight period
J F M A M J J A S O N D
























 
History
First record came from Abbey Burn Foot on 6th August 2003.
 
There was an invasion of this immigrant moth in 1996 when over 300 were recorded in Britain, and it was recorded on five nights in Dumfries & Galloway.
 
The first arrived on 21st September at Kirkton, with two more moths the following night there. Another, sometime in September, was trapped on Forest Moor, Wigtownshire.
 
On 2nd October three were trapped at Kirkton, followed by a single on the 30th, also at Kirkton.
 
Life cycle
Generally arrives here late summer and early autumn.
 
Larval foodplants
Yellow-rattle and Scarlet Geranium abroad.
 
Identification
Very variable in colour and markings as the two photos display, but this species lacks a black dot at the trailing corner of the forewing, which Bordered Straw and Eastern Bordered Straw has, but this species also has a broad black band on the hindwing.
 
Habitat
Mainly coastal but in invasion years also inland.
 
Recorders' Notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Keith Naylor
© Richard Mearns, Abbey Burn Foot, 6 August 2003

Local distribution map

The gadget spec URL could not be found

Distribution map displays records from the National Biodiversity Network (See terms and conditions).

The following datasets are included:

  • Butterfly Conservation - Macro-moth provisional distribution for the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) from the National Moth Recording Scheme
 Powered by the  NBN Gateway