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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

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 recorded195519851955
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records34918734
Number of individuals672401424
Unique positions1373280
Unique locations1112226
Adult records32018676
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 734 records from 226 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees during the spring. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and barely frequent in deciduous woodland, but rare elsewhere. This contrasts markedly with: "the insect is by no means local especially in deciduous woodland, saving that it does not favour heathland nor cultivated land, and is common where it occurs." and "many hundreds seen at sugar." (W Parkinson Curtis).

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