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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Not well known in the wild, docks and sorrels.

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 recorded19541954
Year last recorded19541954
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1954.


2254 Grey Chi 02
© Dave Shenton
2254 Grey Chi 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species of rocky terrain with a particular preference for open country criss-crossed by dry stone walls, rare in southern England, but widespread in Wales, north-west England and Scotland, the larva is polyphagous on shrubs and herbaceous plants such as bedstraw (Galium spp.) and dock (Rumex spp.). There is just one record from the extreme north of Dorset: Kington Magna, at MV light on 2 September 1954 (H Moore). Poyntington to the north of Sherborne that lies ten kilometres to the west of Kington Magna, is another locality that matches the habitat requirements of the species, and would be worth researching. This region of Dorset is relatively close to known colonies across the border in Somerset.

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