The first UK record of this Asian species was from Kent in 2007. Since then there have been a number of records from several counties including Surrey, Sussex, Essex, Bucks, Herts, Glos and Beds.
The moth is considered a pest species of Box (Buxus) in many European countries. Records in the UK are thought to be by accidental importation in Box plants from Asia.
First Record from Norfolk in 2013 when two specimens were taken at light in a garden trap adjacent a garden centre in Costessey, Norwich (M. Casey. 03/10/13) Recorded again at same site in 2014 and 2016 and has now spread rapidly across Norfolk.
New for VC28 in 2016 at Dersingham (R. Jones, 24/07/16)
NB: Listed by FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency) as Non-notifiable pests – Caterpillars. Click here for more info
Recorded in 37 (50%) of 74 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2013. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats