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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Mugwort, Field Wormwood.

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 recorded187220011872
Year last recorded200920012009
Number of records27156
Number of individuals27156
Unique positions20142
Unique locations18138
Adult records23148
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 56 records from 38 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1872.


1368 Loxostege sticticalis 02
© Paul Harris
1368 Loxostege sticticalis 01
© Terry Box

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare species in Britain found only in the Breck district where populations have declined to the point of extinction since the 1960s, the larva feeding on mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris). Abroad the species additionally feeds on beet (Beta vulgaris), goosefoot (Chenopodium spp.), medick (Medicago spp.) and clover (Trifolium spp.).

In Dorset, the moth has been recorded on sixteen occasions in recent years, and mostly from coastal sites; the earliest county record was from 1872. The species is therefore an infrequent immigrant to Dorset, and a north-European source is likely for most of the examples seen.

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