Main: (Oecophoridae / Oecophorinae)
28.028 [B&F: 0656a] Barea asbolaea (Meyrick, 1884)


Notes: Naturalised through accidental introduction in garden plants, south-western England. The moth may have been introduced with imported plants from Australia and may have adapted to other food sources to form a naturalised population, and may be capable of extending its range. In 2006, a moth trap operated at a garden near Buryas Bridge, Cornwall, revealed a species that was quite unfamiliar, though clearly a member of the Oecophoridae. The moth remained a mystery for some while, but in 2008 large numbers were caught in the Penzance trap and small numbers were also caught at Crows an Wra, four miles to the west, by Bernard Hocking. With the help of a number of experts in Britain and abroad, identification via dissection was confirmed. A photograph has been traced of the moth in 2004; this appears to be the earliest recorded example. It has been recorded in some numbers annually since. The particular origins of British specimens may be a local garden and nursery where antipodean plants have been imported since the late 1800s.

Not recorded in Hampshire and Isle of Wight to date.

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