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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce A

Local Status: Very rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Sea Lavender.

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 recorded19251925
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records714
Number of individuals1428
Unique positions612
Unique locations510
Adult records36
Immature records24

For the region, we have a total of 14 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1925.


1487 Agdistis meridionalis 01 larva
© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Cliff Plume Agdistis meridionalis: A very rare species restricted to coastal sites in south-west England, the larva feeding on rock sea-lavender Limonium binervosum. In Dorset, there are just seven records of this highly cryptic species, and all but one of these are from the Isle of Portland, where it feeds on the rock sea lavender sub-species specific to rocky limestone terrain. The seventh county record is from West Bexington; dispersal was likely in this case and, given warm southerly winds blowing on the night in question (19 August 2009), a Brittany source is just possible.

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