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Box-tree Moth Cydalima perspectalis (Walker, 1859) 
Status ..... Originally an Asian species which was first recorded from the UK as recently as 2008 and certainly introduced via the horticultural trade. It very quickly became firmly established here and has since spread north at an alarming rate.

Nottinghamshire's first record was trapped by Sean Tobin at Bestwood Village in July 2018, occurring about a fortnight before another was attracted to MV light at Ravenshead by David and Veronica McGeever. A third moth was trapped by Rob Woodward at the Bagthorpe Garden Allotments in Sherwood, Nottingham in October 2018, and it has been recorded in increasing numbers annually, so that by 2023, this moth had become widespread the length and breadth of the county, with records coming from urban, suburban and many village locations.
Photographed at Worksop September 2023
Dark form, photographed at Mapperley September 2019
Early stages                            
Half-grown larva (c15mm), photographed at Mapperley August 2019    
Full-grown larva (c30mm), photographed at Mapperley, May 2024
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. Dee Bartle. Steve Mathers (via Facebook). Dave Budworth (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society 2019 Journal Number 169 Micro-Moth Report 1998-2019 – new species). Andy Adcock. Tom Shields. Graham Birkett. Steven Chick. David Yates. Howard Williams. David Atkinson (via Martin Kennewell). Nottinghamshire Moths and Butterflies  Facebook group. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024
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