35.094 Aroga velocella (Duponchel, 1838)

Status and Distribution

Local across most of southern and eastern England and the Channel Islands where it can, on occasions, be locally common. Local to very local in the Midlands and northen England, scarce in Scotland with an old record from Berwickshire and a single post 2000 record from Dumfrieshire. Not recorded in Wales and apparently absent from Ireland and the Isle of Man.

The moth may, on occasions, disperse to find suitable new habitat having been found in a garden where the foodplant became temporarily established.

National Status: 

Local

Bradley & Fletcher no: 

796
Photo courtesy of UK Moths.
Photographer: Patrick Clement
Location: Upton Warren NR, Worcestershire

Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2016.

    Imago

    Aroga velocella (Photo: P Clement)  Aroga velocella, Freshfield (Photo: C Fletcher)  Aroga velocella (Photo: N A J Rogers)  Aroga velocella Kent 2014 (Photo: B. Sale) 

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    Rumex acetosella (sheep's sorrel), see plant distribution map.

    In a silken tube around the base of the stem.

    Foodplant Map

    Habitat

    Breckland, heathland, moorland, hedgerows, parkland, large clear-felled coniferous woodland clearings, acid grassland and vegetated shingle areas. Has once been found on limestone grassland.

    Finding the Moth

    Larva: feeds within a silken tube at the base of the stem and partially underground; the tube sometimes extends higher up the stem.

    Adult: flies, making short darting flights, in warm weather during the afternoon and comes readily to light. Can be smoked out from amongst the foodplant.

    Similar Species

    Can usually be recognised by the prominent brush of brownish scales on segment two of the labial palps, the often dark striped veins of the forewings and by the yellow tip on the underside of the abdomen in the male. Worn or very weakly marked specimens may require dissection.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    Double-brooded, from late April to the early June and late June to early September.

    Earliest: 16th April 2007 (VC17).

    Latest: 21st September 1999 (VC19) and 2007 (VC25).