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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Wood Sage.

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 recorded188519991885
Year last recorded201020092010
Number of records567126
Number of individuals447102
Unique positions45396
Unique locations39384
Adult records437100
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 126 records from 84 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


1382 Anania verbascalis 03
© Julian Francis, 17 June 2020
1382 Anania verbascalis 02
© Martin Cade
1382 Anania verbascalis 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east England, the larva feeding on wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia). In Dorset, the moth is local and primarily restricted to the acid heaths within the Poole Basin, although the foodplant is also found on most other soil types in the county. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but several potential second brood individuals have been observed up to September. The moth is bivoltine abroad, the second brood on the wing between July and September.

Dispersal from core habitat or immigration from abroad may account for the following light trap records: Portland, on 26 July 2001, 27 August 2002 (M Cade), Breston Quarries, on 1 September 2005 (Dr J Clarke), Dorchester, on 30 July 2001 (J Down), Gaunts Common, on 11 July 1997 (P Davey).

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