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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, Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 18-23mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak.

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 recorded195919851959
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records615831396
Number of individuals12391032684
Unique positions10010220
Unique locations899196
Adult records589821342
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1396 records from 196 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, this spectacular moth is at low density in parkland and in hedges supporting mature oaks, rising to frequent in old oak woodland; elsewhere it is rare or absent. It appears to have decreased markedly in recent Times; this comment was made more than fifty years ago: "I have found it in considerable numbers in most woodlands containing many deciduous trees." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript).

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