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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 12-16mm.

Foodplant: Various low-growing 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 recorded188819851888
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records661871496
Number of individuals12161112654
Unique positions927198
Unique locations717156
Adult records518871210
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1496 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.


1968 Yellow Belle 01
© Chris Manley, 23 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to the coasts of southern England and south Wales, and inland on Breckland, the larva feeding on wild carrot (Daucus carota), restharrow (Ononis spp.), toadflax (Linaria spp.), plantain (Plantago spp.) and other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is locally frequent on cliffs and coastal grassland. The species also colonises unimproved dry chalky grassland inland in the south of the county, notably along the Purbeck Ridge, and in the heathland and acidic grassland immediately to the north of the Purbeck Ridge. Singletons very occasionally turn up at light traps well inland and are likely to be short to medium-range dispersed individuals: Sixpenny Handley, on 25 August 1953 (Dr H King), Gaunts Common, on 10 August 1994 (P Davey), Merley, on 11 June 2001 (J Hammick).

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