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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records9471157220088
Number of individuals375116185278738
Unique positions5231431134
Unique locations350133768
Adult records8413156817964
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 20088 records from 768 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2102 Flame Shoulder 03
© Martin Wood
2102 Flame Shoulder 02
© Dave Foot
2102 Flame Shoulder 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2102a Ochropleura leucogaster (Radford's Flame Shoulder).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species that occurs widely across Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common, increasing to abundant in open areas. The peak of the second brood is roughly 70% more numerous than the first, on average. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped in 1994 between 30 July and 10 August, as shown in the graphic of numbers trapped across the county during 1994. Immigration from western Europe is likely, as the peak coincided with warm south to south-easterly airflows. Another large influx occurred during early August 2003: Durlston, 89 at MV light on 7 August 2003 (J McGill), with a similar weather pattern established to that in 1994.

The Flame Shoulder is very similar to Radford's Flame Shoulder2102a and any 'Flame Shoulders' caught in October and November should be examined carefully in case they turn out to be the migrant species.


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