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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 20-26mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Heather, Broom, Birch and Traveller's-joy.

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 recorded19981998
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records612
Number of individuals918
Unique positions612
Unique locations510
Adult records510
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 12 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1998.


1924 Orange Moth 01 male
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern Britain, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.), birch (Betula spp.) and a variety of other deciduous tree and shrub species. In Dorset, this beautiful and highly variable species has always been rare, with a tendency to inhabit localities on geology older than chalk, although there is a single very old record from Bloxworth. Only a handful of examples have been seen in recent years, and all of these have occurred in the north-western quadrant of Dorset.

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