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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jan-Mar.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

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 recorded195819851958
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records15976470
Number of individuals4641201168
Unique positions565122
Unique locations535116
Adult records15476460
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 470 records from 116 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1958.


1932 Spring Usher 04
© Gillian Nash, 11 January 2019
1932 Spring Usher 03
© Gillian Nash, February 2016
1932 Spring Usher 02
© Les Hill
1932 Spring Usher 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in England and Wales, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.) and occasionally apple (Malus spp.). The female is wingless. In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever oak grows, and is occasionally abundant in old oak woodland, see record below: Holt Forest, 120 at MV light on 26 January 2003 (P Davey). The Spring Usher is very variable with an enormous range in colour, shade and markings.

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