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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 10-14mm.

Foodplant: Holly, Ivy, Privet, Dogwood and Hawthorn.

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 recorded195819871958
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records825241698
Number of individuals900371874
Unique positions13310286
Unique locations10410228
Adult records719241486
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1698 records from 228 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1958.


1883 Yellow-barred Brindle 04
© Julian Francis
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle 03
© Gillian Nash, August 2015
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle 02
© Dave Foot
1883 Yellow-barred Brindle 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers and buds of ivy (Hedera helix), holly (Ilex aquifolium), privet (Ligustrum vulgare) and dogwood (Cornus sanguinea). In Dorset, the moth occurs in three different habitat types. The first of these is coastal situations where ivy festoons rocks on undercliffs and old quarries where privet grows in thickets; the moth is frequent at Durlston and at St Albans Head, for example. The second habitat is towns and villages where garden privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is planted as hedges near houses; there are many records from light traps run at two sites in Poole and its environs. The third habitat is scrub on chalky soils where privet and dogwood are common, for example, Fontmell Down is a noted locality for the moth.

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