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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Oct-Dec.

Forewing: 17-21mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees and shrubs.

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 recorded195720011957
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records1032210
Number of individuals3262656
Unique positions35172
Unique locations34170
Adult records992202
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 210 records from 70 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1957.


1933 Scarce Umber 03
© Les Hill
1933 Scarce Umber 02
© Martin Cade, 19 Nov 2008
1933 Scarce Umber 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequently occurring species in England and Wales, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on a variety of deciduous tree and shrub species. The female has very rudimentary wings. In Dorset, records of this species are few; admittedly trapping is rarely undertaken from mid-November onwards, but it is far more scarce than the Mottled Umber1935. Overall, it seems to be locally frequent in deciduous woodland and among scrub on chalky soil.

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