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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, Feb-Apr.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Oaks, Hawthorn, Blackthorn.

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 recorded195519851955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records8371101894
Number of individuals24201815202
Unique positions12610272
Unique locations10510230
Adult records7771091772
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 1894 records from 230 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1663 March Moth 03
© Julian Francis
1663 March Moth 02
© Julian Francis
1663 March Moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, less common in Scotland, the larva feeding on many deciduous tree and shrub species, including oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). The female is wingless. In Dorset, the moth is one of the first species to emerge in the year. It is common in deciduous woods and amongst scrub, but absent from open coastal areas, for example, Portland. Singletons are occasionally noted elsewhere.

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