Cydalima perspectalis
Cydalima perspectalis
Adult • Weybridge, Surrey • © Andrew Mitchell

63.054 BF1409a
Cydalima perspectalis

(Walker, 1859)

Wingspan c. 40mm.

The Weybridge, Surrey individual shown was the first record for Britain at the time of this Asian species. It was attracted to M.V. light on 5th September 2008. Further investigation reveals that this was preceded by a record of one in Kent in 2007.

Since then the species seems to be gradually increasing in frequency, and is now found relatively frequently in the South East and even central London. The species has also been recorded from Germany and the Netherlands.

The moth is a pest species of box (Buxus), and is almost certainly an introduction with imported Buxus plants.

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