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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Wood Sage.

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 recorded188519981885
Year last recorded200920062009
Number of records291282
Number of individuals13944
Unique positions24558
Unique locations24558
Adult records141252
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 82 records from 58 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


1494 Capperia britanniodactyla 03 larval feeding signs
© Jack Oughton
1494 Capperia britanniodactyla 02
© Jack Oughton
1494 Capperia britanniodactyla 01
© Chris Manley, 24 jun 2005

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Wood Sage Plume Capperia britanniodactylus: A local species occurring widely across Britain, the larva feeding on wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia). In Dorset, this moth is restricted to heathland - its distribution coinciding with wood sage growing among bracken (Pteridium), and to the coast, where wood sage grows in xerothermic situations favoured by the moth. The species has not been observed away from these two distinct biotypes.

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