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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

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 recorded19921992
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records48
Number of individuals48
Unique positions36
Unique locations36
Adult records48
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1992.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species known only from coastal sandhill habitat on the Kent and Norfolk coasts, the larva feeding on lichens and algae growing on pebbles, posts and on the ground. In Dorset, there is just a single record, that of a suspected immigrant: Portland, at MV light on 12 August 1994 (M Cade). Abroad, the moth is restricted to coastal habitat in northern Europe, including the countries bordering the Baltic, however, in southern and central Europe it also occurs inland.

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