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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

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 recorded190519881905
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records36045810
Number of individuals4791081174
Unique positions738162
Unique locations648144
Adult records32145732
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 810 records from 144 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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2331 Small Clouded Brindle 02 lower and Clouded Brindle
© Julian Francis
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© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species of wetland occurring locally across all but the far north of Britain, the larva feeding on reed-canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) and sedge (Carex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local, at low density and strictly associated with river, fen and marsh habitat. It has been found on most of the county's river systems, harbours and lagoons, in fact wherever its foodplants occur.

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