Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta: Distribution map

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73.014 BF2437
Golden Plusia Polychrysia moneta

(Fabricius, 1787)


Wingspan 32-37 mm.

One of the classic 'invasion' species, this moth was unknown in Britain before 1890, when it was discovered in south-east England.

Since then, it has spread rapidly north-westwards, even into Scotland, although there are signs that it is decreasing its range again over the last few decades.

Generally a garden species, the larvae feed on varieties of Delphinium.

It is on the wing from June into August, and can be attracted to light.

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