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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 12-15mm

Foodplant: Lichens.

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 recorded190519751905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records994472082
Number of individuals1347492792
Unique positions10111224
Unique locations8512194
Adult records873461838
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 2082 records from 194 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2295 Marbled Green 06
© Julian Francis
2295 Marbled Green 05
© Gillian Nash, September 2015
2295 Marbled Green 04 left and Marbled Beauty on right
© Gillian Nash, Sept 2014
2295 Marbled Green 03
© Will Bown
2295 Marbled Green 02
© Jack Oughton
2295 Marbled Green 01
© Chris Manley, 22 Aug 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to the coastal counties of southern England and south Wales, the larva feeding nocturnally on lichens growing on rocks and walls, including Diploicia canescens. In Dorset, the moth is frequent on rocky or pebbly coasts, but rare inland on walls constructed from limestone or brick walls with lime pointing. "Sometimes fairly common, but the class of old stone wall suitable to this species is decreasing, but it will take to old cool brick walls and to old hardwood posts. It must, however, be in positions where atmospheric moisture is available, not necessarily rain. Common on the walls of an old stone house at Longfleet at Poole. These walls were made of Lyme Regis lias, and were overgrown with lichen" (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).

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