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Flame Brocade
Trigonophora flammea (Esper, 1785)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2251 / 73.229
Photo © Dave Foot

Similar Dorset Species: None
Forewing: 20-24mm
Flight: October-November
Foodplant:   Meadow Buttercup, Lesser Celandine, Blackthorn and Broom
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Not Assessed
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in the Channel Islands, resident on the south coast of Sussex between 1855 and 1892, and noted as a rare immigrant subsequently, the larva is polyphagous. This handsome and once very rare visitor to Dorset which was first seen on Portland in 1959 and then again at Durlston in 1978, has become an almost annual immigrant, being seen on sixteen out of the past twenty years. With thirty examples trapped at Durlston to date, roughly half the county tally, the moth at first glance might appear to have colonised this part of the Purbeck coast. However, practically all dates coincided with immigration from abroad, and the relatively high number is more likely to result from the huge effort expended by migrant-moth hunters in the Park. The Channel Islands and Normandy appears to be the northern-most limit of the range of the species at the present time, but increasing average temperatures year on year may yet pursuade this moth to colonise Purbeck. On the Continent the Flame Brocade occurs in western and southern France, in Italy and in Iberia.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 11 (28%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1989.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
31/10/201939SY88 - Wool / Lulworth
29/10/201919SZ07 - Swanage
28/10/201929SY88 - Wool / Lulworth
27/10/201919SY88 - Wool / Lulworth
24/10/201919SZ07 - Swanage
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