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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

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 recorded188819871888
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records1770613662
Number of individuals118827523914
Unique positions1276266
Unique locations1046220
Adult records1557613236
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 3662 records from 220 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.


2255 Feathered Ranunculus 04
© Julian Francis
2255 Feathered Ranunculus 03
© Julian Francis
2255 Feathered Ranunculus 02
© Jack Oughton
2255 Feathered Ranunculus 01
© Phyl England 24 Nov 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to and frequent along the coasts of England and Wales, but local along the eastern seaboard, the larva is polyphagous on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is abundant in undercliff habitat on Purbeck and on Portland. A total of nearly one thousand moths was trapped in Swanage town by Rees Cox in the 1997 season alone. Elsewhere, the moth is at low density on sandy coasts including Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour, but becomes increasingly scarce the further west one travels from Portland. It has also colonised chalky soil in the Dorchester area and along the Purbeck Ridge, and in this latter locality is locally frequent. The following dispersed examples were observed at light traps well inland some distance from known colonies: Chamberlaynes, on 17 October 1938 (H Andrewes), Powerstock, on 4 October 1997 (D Foot, M Forster), Trigon, on 27 September 1997, 17 October 1997, 22 and 28 September 1998 (CM), Shapwick, on 29 September 2003 (P Davey), Gaunts Common, on 11 October 1993, 16 September 1996 (P Davey), Ferndown, on 9 October 2003 (R Cook), St Ives, on 5 October 1987 (Dr J Clarke). A number of individuals trapped in mid-summer in recent years suggest a partial first brood.

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