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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Na

Local Status: Very rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One gen. late Jul-late Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: English Elm, Wych Elm, Small-leaved Elm.

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 recorded19541954
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records612
Number of individuals612
Unique positions36
Unique locations36
Adult records612
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 12 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1954.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare and declining species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on the sucker shoots growing out of the trunks of mature elm (Ulmus spp.). In Dorset, the last moth was seen nearly thirty years ago at a time when mature elms across the county were beginning to die from Dutch elm disease. It is very doubtful that the species is still resident in the county. In the absence of any initiative to restock the countryside with disease resistant elm, no recommendations are proposed: Charmouth, (Dale), Glanvilles Wootton, (Dale), Sutton Poyntz (R Stewart), Dorchester, at MV light on 7 September 1962 (Dr J Hasler), Kington Magna, at MV light on 2 September 1954 (H Moore), Winfrith, (Dr F Haines), Cranborne, (F Fisher), Furzebrook, at MV light on 3 and 16 August 1975, 9 and 14 August 1976 (Professor N Webb), Bournemouth, fairly common (Fassnidge).

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