Noctuidae : Plusiinae
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Golden Plusia
Polychrysia moneta

(Fabricius, 1787) 2437 / 73.014

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, first recorded in 1890 in Kent, the larva feeding on garden Delphinium and monk's-hood (Aconitum Spp.). The first Dorset records were one taken at light at Tarrant Rushton in 1893, another on 18 June in the same year at Mudeford. The moth is very thinly spread in the county, with most records from gardens stocked with Delphinium. "The moth can be a garden nuisance by eating the tips of the shoots whence flowerbuds spring." (W Parkinson Curtis). The... Read More

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Recorded in 12 (30%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1946.
Last Recorded in 2006.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-20mm.
Flight: June - August (September)
Foodplant:   Delphiniums and Larkspur
Red List: Endangered (EN)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
03/07/200619SY58 Abbotsbury
28/07/200419SU00 Wimborne
11/05/200419SU00 - Wimborne
27/06/200319SZ07 Swanage
21/06/200319SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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