skip to Main Content
info@northamptonshirewildlife.co.uk

The Vestal Rhodometra sacraria

B&F: 1716

ABH: 70.038

Status:  Migrant.

Distribution and Abundance:  Irregular.

Primary Habitat:  General occurrence.

Flight Period:  Most records are in September and October.

Observations: Following the first record the moth has been seen in the county in most years, however until the high migration year of 2006 records had tailed off somewhat. In 2006 fifty-three examples of the moth were recorded in the county greatly increasing the mapped distribution of the species. At this stage it is not known to what extent this is a pattern for the future and the overall effect on the scarcity of the moth. Records from the Pitsford Water static light traps for the eight years from 1999 to 2006 are as follows:- 1999 – 3, 2000 – 3, 2001 – 2, 2002 – 0, 2003 – 0, 2004 – 0, 2005 – 0 and 2006 – 7 .

First Record: 1981, Finch