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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 7-9mm.

Foodplant: Hemp Agrimony.

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 recorded181820031818
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records655140
Number of individuals975204
Unique positions482100
Unique locations482100
Adult records43596
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 140 records from 100 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1818.


1517 Adaina microdactyla 03 larva
© Jenny Seawright
1517 Adaina microdactyla 02 gall on Eupatorium
© Jenny Seawright
1517 Adaina microdactyla 01
© Chris Manley, 22 Jul 2007

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Hemp Agrimony Plume Adaina microdactyla. Absent from much of Scotland and occurring more frequently as one heads south through the UK, the larva feeding on hemp agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum. In Dorset, this species is found where its host plant flourishes, for example, in river valleys, along forest tracks on alkaline soils, on roadside ditches adjacent to heathland, and in undercliff in the west of the county.

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