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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Aug.

Forewing: 10-13mm.

Foodplant: Various grasses.

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 recorded188519951885
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records248197890
Number of individuals7263822216
Unique positions17415378
Unique locations12613278
Adult records204197802
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 890 records from 278 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


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© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the foodplant is unknown. Abroad, the larva feeds from a spun tube on grasses (Poaceae), and also on clovers (Trifolium spp.) and on mosses (Musci spp.). In Dorset, the moth is essentially a wetland species, colonising mire, damp heathland, moor and seasonally waterlogged soils; it is also present on coastal landslips that result from water seeping through clay soils. Examples recorded occasionally from drier biotypes, are likely to be dispersed moths from host wetland habitat.

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