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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Cleavers and Bedstraws.

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 recorded190519821905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1273812708
Number of individuals25141115250
Unique positions1899396
Unique locations1639344
Adult records1097802354
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2708 records from 344 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1758 Barred Straw 03
© Dave Foot
1758 Barred Straw 02
© Tom Morris
1758 Barred Straw 01
© Phyl England 18/07/2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on cleavers (Galium aparine) and other bedstraw (Galium spp.) species. In Dorset, the moth is common where cleavers abounds, on hedgebanks and on nutrient rich arable. It is frequent on unimproved grassland where bedstraw grows in quantity on chalky soil and along the coast. The few individuals seen at Holton Heath Marsh, Hurn and at Hengistbury Head, hint that fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum) and common marsh bedstraw (Galium palustre) host the moth in river and marsh habitat.

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