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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 16mm.

Foodplant: Docks, Sorrel, Knotgras.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded196419841964
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records5811391440
Number of individuals9562352382
Unique positions9716226
Unique locations8215194
Adult records5671391412
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1440 records from 194 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1964.


2301 Bird's Wing 02
© Jack Oughton
2301 Bird's Wing 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to south-east England and the West Midlands, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density being restricted to sandy soils across the Poole Basin, and to a lesser extent to the London Beds that wrap around the Bagshot Beds. Roughly forty per-cent of the county total has been caught at Arne Wood, a damp deciduous woodland locality on sandy soil, although the moth is also regularly reported from the relatively open landscape at Hengistbury Head too.

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