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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare resident and/or migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 18-22mm.

Foodplant: Wych Elm, English Elm and Japanese Golden Elm.

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 recorded19961996
Year last recorded20072007
Number of records44
Number of individuals44
Unique positions44
Unique locations44
Adult records44
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1996.


1885 Clouded Magpie 04
© Paul Harris
1885 Clouded Magpie 03
© Mike Hetherington 28 July 2015
1885 Clouded Magpie 02
© Paul Harris
1885 Clouded Magpie 01
© Terry Box

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, the larva feeding on english elm (Ulmus procera) and wych elm (Ulmus glabra). Whilst dutch elm disease continues to plague elm trees across the country, this species remains under threat. In Dorset, there are just three light trap records: Holnest, on 19 July 2000 (J Astley), Puddletown, on 9 September 2007 (H Wood Homer), Higher Hyde, on 7 August 1996 (Dr P Sterling). It is just possible that the Holnest example originated from a small colony as there is plenty of elm in the Blackmore Vale area, but equally it may have dispersed from a colony upwind in Somerset or south-east Wales. Subsequent trapping at Holnest has not yielded any further moths. The Puddletown example also occurred coincident with a light northerly airflow. The first week of August 1996 was dominated by a warm south-easterly airflow flow transporting many immigrant moths to southern England. The Higher Hyde example probably originated from central or northern France.

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