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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 16-22mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

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 records3821371038
Number of individuals17943014190
Unique positions1009218
Unique locations897192
Adult records3711371016
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1038 records from 192 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2178 Feathered Gothic 04
© Julian Francis
2178 Feathered Gothic 03
© Paul Harris
2178 Feathered Gothic 02 female
© Les Hill
2178 Feathered Gothic 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses notably mat-grass (Nardus stricta), sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) and annual meadow grass (Poa annua). In Dorset, the moth is at low density, but locally abundant on unimproved calcareous grassland and frequent on dry heaths. Given these preferred habitats, sheep's fecscue (Festuca ovina), fine-leaved sheep's fescue (Festuca filiformis) and tufted hair-grass are likely food sources.

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