Barred Tooth-striped (Trichopteryx polycommata)

Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata (1880, 70.201) was recorded widely over the UK but is now  a nationally scarce A species. Current strongholds appear to be Kent, Sussex, the North Hampshire/Wiltshire area and South Cumbria. It has also been recorded recently in Dorset, Herefordshire and the brecklands of Norfolk, with a few scattered records in Scotland.

The larvae feed primarily on Wild Privet.

Adults are best found by torchlight, sitting on Wild Privet in open parts of woodland or ride edges on chalk or limestone.

There have been 51 records in Kent, the most recent of which are 1 in 2001, 10 in 2002, 2 in 2006 and 2007, 1 in 2011 and 2013 and 3 in 2014.  Most recent records have been along the coast between Ramsgate and Dungeness. There are 2 records from West Kent, both pre 1940.

Earliest and latest dates recorded:

East Kent VC 15 West Kent VC 16
Earliest date 8 March Not known
Latest date 24 April Not known