First recorded in the UK in 2003 in Devon, the species had not previously been recorded outside Italy. Subsequently recorded in several southern counties and is assumed to be breeding in southern Britain and likely Norfolk.
New for Norfolk in 2014 when two adult moths were trapped. Provisionally recorded at RSPB Titchwell VC28 (29/07/14) and a confirmed female recorded at Bawdeswell VC27 (D. Appleton, 01/08/14 gen. det. J. Clifton)
Several examples from Ticthwell in 2015/16 and at other sites in 2016 suggest established colonies.
Note: Similar species, M. cinnamomea, which occurs widely on the near continent, but has yet to be seen in the UK. see Lepiforum
Recorded in 20 (27%) of 74 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2014. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats
Comparison - M. italica (top) Vivid bright reddish brown colour. Yellow markings less extensive, often significantly reduced - M. cinnamomea (bottom) Darker brown colour with contrasting yellow markings. JW
Metalampra italica - Bawdswell 01.08.2014 D. Appleton. Gen. Det. (Female) J. Clifton.