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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Dec.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

Foodplant: Wych Elm, Aspen, poplars, sallows, Ash.

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 recorded195619751956
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records489241026
Number of individuals853691844
Unique positions908196
Unique locations757164
Adult records45624960
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1026 records from 164 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers or seeds of ash (Fraxinus spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), poplar (Populus spp.) and elm (Ulmus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread but at low density, occurring most often in localities where its foodplants are frequent. The moth does not appear to colonise poplar-rich habitat, with just six moths in ten years from Hurn. Relatively high numbers of the moth occur in coastal situations, for example at West Bexington, St Albans Head and on Portland; blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) may be a potential foodplant in this open biotype.

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