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Levant Blackneck
Tathorhynchus exsiccata (Lederer, 1855)
Erebidae: Toxocampinae
2296 / 72.065
Photo © Martin Cade,  Portland Bird Observatory

Similar Dorset Species: None
Forewing: 13-16mm
GB Status: Immigrant
Former Status: Migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Davey, P., 2009: The first UK record of this cosmopolitan tropical species was from Maidencombe in Devon during March 1942. It has been seen just ten times up to the end of the twentieth century, but in 2004 a further ten records were added, the larva reputedly feeds on indigo (Indigofera sp.) and lucerne (Medicago sativa).

In Dorset, the moth has been recorded on eight occasions at light traps, all coinciding with the phenomenal winter immigration of February 2004: West Bexington, on 11 and 12 February 2004 (R Eden), Portland, two on 11 February 2004 plus two the night after (M Cade), Puddletown, 13 and 15 February 2004 (H Wood Homer). A backtrack using wind data, yielded a potential source of origin from the region of Western Sahara and Mauritania, an overall distance of 4000 kilometers.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (10%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2015.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/12/201519SY66 - Portland Bill
10/07/201519SY39 - Lyme Regis
15/02/200419SY79 - Puddletown
13/02/200419SY79 - Puddletown
12/02/200419SY58 - Abbotsbury
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