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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded201120112011
Number of records22432054896
Number of individuals584358812862
Unique positions2009418
Unique locations1669350
Adult records20382034482
Immature records012

For the region, we have a total of 4896 records from 350 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2063 Muslin Moth 09
© Julian Francis
2063 Muslin Moth 08 ab. male
© Julian Francis
2063 Muslin Moth 07 ab. with Muslin Moth
© Julian Francis
2063 Muslin Moth 06 ab.
© Julian Francis
2063 Muslin Moth 05
© Martin Wood
2063 Muslin Moth 04 female
© Chris Manley, 16 May 2006
2063 Muslin Moth 02
© Phyl England
2063 Muslin Moth 03
© Tom Morris
2063 Muslin Moth 01
© Terry Box, 24 Apr 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in all but the far north of Britain, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequently rises to common in damp woodland. Males are readily attracted to light, but the seldom-encountered females may occasionally be seen during the day flying in sunshine. A male ab. rustica where the usual brown ground colour was replaced by white was trapped at Chamberlaynes by H Andrewes.

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