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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 11-15mm.

Foodplant: Common Saltmarsh-grass and Sheep's-fescue.

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 recorded188519941885
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records17758470
Number of individuals4511401182
Unique positions9316218
Unique locations8615202
Adult records16557444
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 470 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


1303 Agriphila selasella 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, the larva feeding on grasses, including sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina) and common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima).

In Dorset, the moth is locally common in three distinct biotypes. The first is unimproved grassland on chalky soil where sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina) is abundant amongst short turf. The second is unimproved grassland on ill-drained clay soils, notably in the Blackmore Vale, where meadow barley (Hordeum secalinum) and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis) are candidate host foodplants. The third habitat is muddy shores at the lower edge of saltmarshes where common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima) abounds, notably around the inside of Poole Harbour and the Fleet. The moth has been noted at low density on heathland and in a few old woods; other fescue (Festuca spp.) plant species may host the moth in these habitats.

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