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Summary Data

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National Status: RDB1

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr and Aug.

Forewing: 17-18mm.

Foodplant: Sallows and poplars spp.

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 recorded 
Year last recorded 
Number of records 
Number of individuals 
Unique positions 
Unique locations 
Adult records 
Immature records 



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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A transitory resident, surviving at Dungeness since 1979 and occurring in south-east Kent prior to 1912, the larva feeds on sallow and willow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the species has been recorded on two occasions. As for the 1909 record, "No explanation of this record occurs to me." (WPC). The Studland individual was trapped beneath a grove of white poplar (Populus alba), and close to woodland containing many aspen (Populus tremula) trees. The status of the species in Dorset is that of a rare immigrant and transitory resident: Canford Cliffs, ova on sallow on 14 May 1909, moths bred (A Hedges; Ent Gaz 12:252), Studland, at MV light on 29 July 2003 (Ms A Peters). The Scarce Chocolate-tip occurs throughout mainland Europe apart from Iberia, Holland and Norway.

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