Main: (Nolidae / Chloephorinae)
74.012 [B&F: 2420] Egyptian Bollworm (Earias insulana) (Boisduval, 1833)

 

Notes: Very rare immigrant (less than 10 previous UK records) from Canary Islands and Iberia, appearing in southern England six times in Britain up to the end of 2010. Larvae and dead pupae were found on produce from Kenya and Cyprus at Heathrow Airport in 1979 and 1980. Originally a native of tropical Asia and Africa, it is now widespread on continental Europe from Malta and Sicily to France. In Hampshire recorded twice, at Brockenhurst on 8 October 1967 and Holbury on 28 October 2006. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 24-28 mm. Characterised by distinct antemedian, postmedian and subterminal fasciae, the most likely confusion species are Cream-bordered Green Pea E. clorana, which lacks vertical darker fasciae and has hindwing pure white, and Spiny Bollworm Earias biplaga, which see for differences. Larva feeds on Cotton, causing sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas, no evidence of breeding in the UK.

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