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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 22-26mm.

Foodplant: Sow-thistles, wild lettuces, hawkweeds.

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 recorded190519831905
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records9171392112
Number of individuals12057203850
Unique positions13712298
Unique locations11311248
Adult records7351381746
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2112 records from 248 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2216 Shark 06
© Will Bown
2216 Shark 05
© Julian Francis, 22 May 2020
2216 Shark 04
© Julian Francis
2216 Shark 03
© Julian Francis
2216 Shark 02
© Tom Morris
2216 Shark 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jun 2006

Species Account

Similar species: 2214 Chamomile Shark. For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding mainly on the flowers of compositae species including sow thistles (Sonchus spp.), hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally common where its foodplants abound on dry unimproved grassland on sandy soils and frequent in similar habitat on chalky soils; it is at low density elsewhere and rare in woods. The following moth was trapped on a rather late date, and was probably a second brood individual: West Bexington, on 23 September 2001(R Eden).

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