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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

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 recorded195519701955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records8551131936
Number of individuals13852923354
Unique positions14314314
Unique locations12212268
Adult records7521121728
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1936 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution in Britain, the larva feeding on various grasses. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and ranges from locally common on unimproved grassland on clay and chalky soils, to frequent on grassland and pasture on sandy soil. The moth is at low density away from grassland. The following moths trapped from mid-August are likely to indicate a second generation: West Bexington, on 19 August 1996 (R Eden), Gillingham, 10 August 2003 (G Hopkins), Ashington, on 18 August 1986, 28 August 1988, 18 August 1991 (JF), Durlston, on 13 August 1991 (P Davey), Hurn, 11 August 2005 (M Jeffes), Matchams, on 23 August 1982, 17 August 1984 (G Le Pard).

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