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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Many low growing 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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records37581997914
Number of individuals1242162626094
Unique positions35525760
Unique locations25722558
Adult records32921956974
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 7914 records from 558 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A lowland species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, this invariable moth is ubiquitous and frequent to common, but rarely abundant. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, and this is the case in Dorset, but many individuals noted in May and again in September, suggest an occasional additional bivoltine cycle. Unusually high numbers of adults were trapped on 28 June, 3 August and 10 August 1994; see graphic of numbers trapped across the county during this year. It seems likely that many of the moths seen on the peak dates were primary immigrants from central or western France. The following late examples may have been out of season emergences, but are more likely to have been immigrants transported on south to south-easterly airflows established on both occasions from southern Europe: West Bexington, 10 October 2006 (R Eden), Higher Hyde, 13 October 2006 (Dr P Sterling), Gaunts Common, on 2 November 1983 (Miss M Brooks).

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