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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Apr-Jul.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Broom.

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 recorded19841984
Year last recorded19841984
Number of records12
Number of individuals1020
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 1984.


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© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the larva feeding on broom (Cytisus scoparius). The moth has been recorded from a single dry heathland locality in east Dorset where broom grows in numbers on the embankments of the A338 trunk road nearby, but was seen only during the first year of recording at the site, and in none of the eight subsequent years. The Broom-tip is therefore considered to have a transitory resident status in Dorset. Broom colonises disturbed acid soils or burnt heath. The reduction in open heath through building, farming and afforestation, plus the cessation of disturbance to heathland to encourage regeneration through burning and grazing, has undoubtedly reduced stocks of this beautiful and valuable plant. In the absence of viable stocks of the host flora, it is difficult to envisage colonies of the Broom-tip becoming permanently established in the county: Matchams, ten at MV light between 24 April 1984 and 9 May 1984 (G Le Pard).

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