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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late May-early Aug.

Forewing: M 10-12mm. F 9-10mm.

Foodplant: Common Rock-rose

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 recorded19281928
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records3264
Number of individuals211422
Unique positions2652
Unique locations1632
Adult records2958
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 64 records from 32 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1928.


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Species Account

Similar species: 0163 Adscita statices (Forester).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species with a restricted distribution in the British Isles, the larva initially blotch-mining the leaves of common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) and later feeding on the underside layer of the leaf, leaving the top intact. The males fly actively in sunshine, but females tend to remain at rest on downland plants. In Dorset, the moth is local, being restricted to unimproved grassland on chalk downland where its foodplant abounds. In the best sites it can be common and in such places may be observed visiting flowers such as knapweed (Centaurea spp.) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis), but such sites are few and far between. Conservation measures should include sympathetic grazing of chalk downland to promote herb-rich communities containing common rock-rose, a plant most often associated with short turf and medium sward unimproved grassland habitats.

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