35.0205 Dichomeris acuminatus (Staudinger, 1876)

Status and Distribution

A singleton was attracted to a MV light trap on the 28th September 2016 in Walditch, Dorset. In the moth trap were a few other migratory species suggesting it probably arrived as a genuine migrant from continental Europe. A second was found on the Isles of Scilly in September 2018 (D. Grundy) further supporting the suggestion this is a migrant species.

National Status: 


Bradley & Fletcher no: 


Provisional Map

Maps updated with all data received by February 2018.


    Set Specimens

    Dichomeris acuminatus, Dorset 2016 (Photo: M J Parsons)

    Dissection Group

    Foodplant and Larval Feeding Signs

    In Europe the larva is thought to feed on various species of medick and clover, including Medicago sativa (Lucerne) and possibly also Trifolium repens and T. pratense (White and Red Clover). It is also believed to feed on Medicago x varia (Bastard Lucerne ).



    Finding the Moth

    As a migrant, it is most likely to be encountered at light along coastal and adjacent inland areas of southern Britain.

    Larval Occurrence

    Larval Occurrence

    Flight Period

    Flight Period

    As a migrant to Britain the moth has only been noted, so far, in late September. In Europe it has been recorded in all months from March to October and occurs in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and some of the western Mediterranean islands.