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National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Red, White and Sea Campion.

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 recorded201120072011
Number of records3628740
Number of individuals4398894
Unique positions595128
Unique locations575124
Adult records3548724
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 740 records from 124 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2166 Campion 05
© Julian Francis
2166 Campion 04
© Paul Harris
2166 Campion 03
© Will Bown
2166 Campion 02
© Paul Harris
2166 Campion 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2173 Lychnis.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on the ripening seeds of various campions (Silene spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density. It is perhaps most frequent on the coast where it is associated with sea campion (Silene uniflora) and the very local nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans), also inland on chalky soils where white campion (Silene latifolia) and bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) grow. The moth is virtually absent from sandy soils away from Poole Harbour, and there are no records from the north-west of the county, which suggests red campion (Silene dioica) is not a host foodplant for the species. The moth is double-brooded in Dorset, the second brood marginally more numerous than the first.

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