63.054 .... B&F 1409a
Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) 
Status ..... Originally an Asian species which was first recorded from the UK as recently as 2008. Probably introduced via the horticultural trade, it is now firmly established and very quickly spreading north. The moth below, was trapped by Sean Tobin at Bestwood Village in July 2018 and was the first record for VC56 Nottinghamshire, occurring about a fortnight before another was attracted to MV light at Ravenshead by David and Veronica McGeever. Quite remarkably in October 2018, a third moth was trapped by Rob Woodward at the Bagthorpe Garden Allotments in Sherwood, Nottingham. This moth is regarded as a pest species of Box (Buxus sp) and is only likely to become increasingly more common. Further records (including known breeding from Mapperley) and two sites at Lambley have followed in 2019.
Dark form, photographed at Mapperley September 2019   Photographed at Bestwood Village July 2018
Early stages                            
Half-grown larva (c15mm), photographed at Mapperley August 2019   Full-grown larva (c30mm), photographed at Mapperley, August 2019
Pupa photographed at Mapperley August 2019
Larval feeding signs on Buxus sempervirens, photographed at Lambley and Mapperley August 2019
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Box Tree Moth
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Sean Tobin. David and Veronica McGeever. Rob Woodward. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Mike Hill. Ian Ellis.

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Updated January 2021

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