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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded20062006
Year last recorded20062006
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 2006.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species of hill country, widespread in Wales, northern England and Scotland, the larva feeding on a wide variety of herbaceous plants, including nettle (Urtica dioica), dead-nettle (Lamium spp.) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). There are two records from Dorset. The first example is a suspected immigrant transported on south-easterly winds from central Europe: Bournemouth, flew into lighted bedroom window on 19 July 1933 (S Scarsdale Brown). Prior to 1940, the species had a distribution that was very much restricted to alpine regions. Since that time, it has become more widespread across northern Europe. The second example occurred in a northerly airflow originating over Scandinavia but also passing across northern England: Coldharbour, on 15 August 2006 (B Withers). A record month's total of four Great Brocade2137 occurred across the county during August 2006; one of these was recorded at the same location (Coldharbour) by B Withers on 19 August.

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