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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn.

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 recorded188519951885
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records15046392
Number of individuals13865406
Unique positions8211186
Unique locations779172
Adult records13346358
Immature records5010

For the region, we have a total of 392 records from 172 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


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© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern England, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density occurring on all soil types where blackthorn grows. The moth has also been recorded from a number of heathland localities on sandy soils too, and whilst blackthorn has been present on some, it is conspicuously absent from others, suggesting perhaps an alternative foodplant such as alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus). A further food source follows: Lulworth Cove, a few larvae on Cotoneaster horizontalis on 30 May 1992 (R Heckford), 15 October 1993 (Dr P Sterling et al).

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