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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorns, Plum, Cherry, Crab Apple.

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 recorded195219821952
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records4635936
Number of individuals107052150
Unique positions30366
Unique locations27258
Adult records4545918
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 936 records from 58 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1952.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and east Wales, local elsewhere, the larva feeding on plum, blackthorn, cherry (Prunus spp.) and apple (Malus spp.). In Dorset, the moth has a patchy distribution and ranges from largely absent on heathland to locally common on clay and chalky soils where blackthorn is frequent.

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