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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Thistles, burdocks and Foxglove.

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 recorded190519831905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records837811836
Number of individuals1173882522
Unique positions1227258
Unique locations1007214
Adult records730811622
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1836 records from 214 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed and frequent species in England and Wales, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the roots and inner stems of robust herbaceous plants, such as foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), thistle (Cirsium and Carduus spp.), burdock (Arctium spp.) and ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density with no ecological preference, although on open heathland the absence of suitable foodplants renders the moth rare.

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