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Sombre Brocade
Dryobotodes tenebrosa (Esper, 1789)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2248b / 73.227
Photo © Vince Giavarini

Similar Dorset Species
Brindled Green
Dryobotodes eremita
Dark Brocade
Mniotype adusta
Forewing: 16mm
Flight: October-November
Foodplant:   Holm Oak
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Recent colonist/migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to the Mediterranean region plus the whole of Iberia, and, since 2006, recorded on a number of occasions on Guernsey, the larva feeding on holm oak (Quercus ilex).

The only UK mainland record is from Dorset: Durlston, at MV light on 12 October 2008 (P Davey). There is scope for this species to become resident in localities currently occupied by the Oak Rustic, if indeed it has not already done so, as they both feed on holm oak and both share the same distribution across Europe. The moth is on the wing during October, a little later than that of Brindled Green and a little earlier than that of Oak Rustic, although all three potentially overlap in the first fortnight of October.

The moth is similar to Brindled Green. Diagnostics include: a brown ground colour giving the appearance of a miniature 'Brocade' species.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 6 (15%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2008.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
05/10/201969SY58 - Abbotsbury
04/10/201959SY58 - Abbotsbury
04/10/2019+9SZ07 - Swanage
02/10/2019+9SZ07 - Swanage
01/10/201919SZ07 - Swanage
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