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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-17mm.

Foodplant: Grasses, sedges and rushes.

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 recorded193519851935
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records803166
Number of individuals1245258
Unique positions42390
Unique locations40386
Adult records783162
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 166 records from 86 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.


2176 Antler Moth 03
© Paul Harris
2176 Antler Moth 02
© Paul Harris
2176 Antler Moth 01
© Martin Cade, 11 Aug 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Widespread in Britain, occasionally reaching plague proportions on acid uplands, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses such as mat-grass (Nardus stricta), purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) and fescues (Festuca spp.). In Dorset, the moth is now seldom recorded. The few records suggest low-density colonies on short-turf chalky soil where sheep's fecscue (Festuca ovina) abounds, and on dry heaths where disturbance has created conditions suitable for fine-leaved sheep's fescue (Festuca filiformis).

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