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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-Apr.

Forewing: 13-17mm.

Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws.

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 recorded188619841886
Year last recorded201119882011
Number of records1374282
Number of individuals3048624
Unique positions581118
Unique locations44190
Adult records1334274
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 282 records from 90 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


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© Martin Cade, 15 Feb 2009

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum) and heath bedstraw (Galium saxatile). In Dorset, the moth frequents two habitat types: the first, where it is locally common, is unimproved grassland on chalky soils where lady's bedstraw grows inland and along the coast between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland. The second is heathland and acid grassland in the Poole Basin where heath bedstraw grows; in this sandy habitat it is at low density and seems to have decreased in recent years. The following individuals were observed at light traps on relatively early dates: Portland, on 5 February 1994, 19 January 2006 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 14 January 2003 (H Wood Homer), Durlston, five on 12 February 2004 (S Nash).

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