Hypena obsitalis

Range & Status

Previously thought to be a rare migrant to Britain, although resident in the Channel Isles (Heath & Emmet, 1983). Now known to be breeding on the south Devon coast since 1990 (Dobson, 1991), although not west of Dartmouth (McCormick, 2003), Dorset and possibly Cornwall. Previous records thought to be of migrants could refer to resident populations. Abroad it is a Mediterranean-Asiatic species; it is continuously brooded in the Mediterranean region, but presumably bivoltine in Brittany.

Regional Distribution

Previously recorded at Boscastle (1943), St. Agnes in the Isles of Scilly (1962) and Perranporth in 1987 (Smith, 1988), all considered to be migrants. Now recorded at Boscastle where it seems to be breeding (this site could have been the origin for the 1943 specimen) and probably also on The Lizard.

Habitat & Ecology

The larvae feed on Pellitory Parietaria judaica , which is common near the sea in Cornwall. Bloxworth Snout is double-brooded. The autumn adults overwinter and seem able to survive in frost-free areas close to the sea.


Probably cold winters; collecting.