Purple Cloud Actinotia polyodon
Purple Cloud Actinotia polyodon
Adult • Boise Penchot, Southern France • © Rob Petley-Jones

73.111 BF2097
Purple Cloud Actinotia polyodon

(Clerck, 1759)


Wingspan 31-36 mm.

A very attractive species, this moth is a rare migrant to Britain, having occurred about 20 times. Most of the records appeared on the south and south-east coasts in May or June.

The species is fairly common in continental Europe, where there are two generations, between May and August.

The larva has not been recorded in Britain, but abroad it feeds on St. John's-wort (Hypericum).
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