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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: May-Aug.

Forewing: 10mm.

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 recorded193219941932
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records27632616
Number of individuals12281672790
Unique positions1619340
Unique locations1206252
Adult records25532574
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 616 records from 252 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1932.


1301 Crambus lathoniellus 02
© Julian Francis
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on the stem-bases of grasses (Poaceae). In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant on unimproved grassland on chalky soil, elsewhere frequent, rising to common locally in grassy habitats on neutral and sandy soils.

See background to species accounts.  Index of Vernacular names - Search - Random Species