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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jul-mid Sep.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

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 recorded188519931885
Year last recorded201020092010
Number of records9535260
Number of individuals27451650
Unique positions6615162
Unique locations6112146
Adult records7534218
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 260 records from 146 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


1307 Agriphila latistria 02
© Will Bown, Aug 2014
1307 Agriphila latistria 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain that favours coasts and heaths, the larva feeding amongst the roots of grasses (Poaceae). In Dorset, the moth is local and occurs in two biotypes. The first is dry heathland, where it is locally common. The second is coastal grassland where it is at low density, and possibly associated with soft brome (Bromus hordeaceus ssp. ferronii). Occasional records from chalky grassland away from the coast hint at colonisation of this biotype too, albeit very locally. The moth occasionally disperses over short to medium distances.

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