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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorns, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, Crab Apple.

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 recorded190519871905
Year last recorded201119872011
Number of records114312288
Number of individuals300616014
Unique positions921186
Unique locations801162
Adult records98111964
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 2288 records from 162 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Paul Harris
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© Tom Morris
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© Will Bown 10 October 2012
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© Terry Box, 07 Oct 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common amongst hawthorn and blackthorn, and locally abundant among blackthorn thickets on coastal undercliffs; it is largely absent from open heathland and scrub-free habitats. The industrial melanic, ab. capucina is seldom seen; "the variation in Dorset consists in the greater or lesser development of the iridescent green scaling, and in the colour of the pale subterminal area, which varies from cream colour to being strongly suffused mars orange. The most striking specimen I have taken is one with the subterminal area cream, and the residue of the wing so heavily clouded with fuscous as almost to obliterate the markings." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).

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