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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

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 recorded1905200719881905
Year last recorded2011200820072011
Number of records1889233788
Number of individuals26741735388
Unique positions28323576
Unique locations21613440
Adult records1566233142
Immature records4008

For the region, we have a total of 3788 records from 440 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1945 Brussels Lace 07
© Julian Francis
1945 Brussels Lace 06
© Julian Francis
1945 Brussels Lace 05 (wing length 12mm)
© Julian Francis, 13 Sep 2018
1945 Brussels Lace 04
© Gillian Nash, 8 October 2017
1945 Brussels Lace 03 larva on twig with Xanthoria
© Jenny Seawright
1945 Brussels Lace 02
© Tom Morris
1945 Brussels Lace 01
© Phyl England

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species confined to south-west Britain, rare elsewhere, the larva feeding on lichens (Usnea spp.) growing on oak (Quercus spp.), on hawthorn (Crateagus spp.), on field maple (Acer campestris), on blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and on rocks. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and often common in deciduous woodland and amongst scrub, particularly in the west of the county where lichen density is greater in a slightly more humid climate. Elsewhere, it is frequent only locally. Second brood individuals are occasionally recorded in the autumn following warmer than average summers: 1995, 2003, 2006.

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