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Summary Data

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National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-early Aug.

Forewing: 13-14mm.

Foodplant: Gorse.

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 recorded185919951859
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records14781456
Number of individuals305127864
Unique positions10414236
Unique locations7211166
Adult records12281406
Immature records7014

For the region, we have a total of 456 records from 166 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1859.


1443 Pempelia genistella 06 web
© Jack Oughton
1443 Pempelia genistella 05 web
© Jack Oughton
1443 Pempelia genistella 04
© Paul Harris
1443 Pempelia genistella 03
© Paul Harris
1443 Pempelia genistella 02
© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation
1443 Pempelia genistella 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern England, the larva feeding on gorses (Ulex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent to common across gorse-rich (Ulex europaeus) heathland throughout the Poole Basin. Gorse occurs less frequently elsewhere across the county, mainly on the summits and south-facing slopes of chalk downland and on limestone cliffs. The following few records are from places that lie outside the Poole Basin. Punfield Cove, rare (Reverend E Bankes), Blackdown, many larvae on gorse on 29 March 1997 (Dr P Sterling), Tidmoor Range, at MV light on 14 July 1999 (D Foot et al), Chickerell, many larvae on gorse on 29 March 1997 (M Parsons), Upwey, at MV light on 15 July 2003 (P Harris), Portland, at MV light on 10 July 1997, 26 July 2001, 5 and 14 July 2003 (M Cade), Arish Mell, two at MV light on 1 August 1999 (P Davey), West Hill, at MV light on 22 July 2000 (C Manley), Durlston, at MV light on 16 July 2003 (P Davey), two on 5 and one on 7 August 2003 (J McGill).

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