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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One or two generations, May-Aug.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Eared Willow, Creeping Willow.

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 recorded19051905
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records3060
Number of individuals61122
Unique positions2142
Unique locations2040
Adult records2244
Immature records714

For the region, we have a total of 60 records from 40 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2017 Small Chocolate-tip 03 larva
© Jenny Seawright
2017 Small Chocolate-tip 02
© Tom Morris
2017 Small Chocolate-tip 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local double-brooded species found in scattered localities across Britain, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula). In Dorset, the moth is frequent very locally on the damp heaths within the Poole Basin, from Winfrith Heath in the west to Parley Common in the east. Within its wetland habitat it tends to be associated with small-leaved sallow species such as creeping sallow (Salix repens), eared willow (Salix aurita) and dwarf sallow (Salix herbacea).

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