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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 13-14mm.

Foodplant: Cleavers, Hedge and other Bedstraws

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 recorded19052002200719701905
Year last recorded20112002200720112011
Number of records3319111706982
Number of individuals54781725911490
Unique positions4361127930
Unique locations2981125650
Adult records2920111706184
Immature records00000

For the region, we have a total of 6982 records from 650 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on members of the bedstraw family (Galium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is found wherever bedstraw plants grow, indeed it is locally abundant on dry or damp unimproved grassland where bedstraws grow in quantity, and in localities where cleavers (Galium aparine) festoons hedges and ditches. On sandy soil it is infrequent. The flight time covers a four-month period and two brood cycles are suspected with a period of eighty days, on average between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first cycle is a full double brood with peaks in early May and late July. The second cycle is a partial double brood with a main peak in late June plus a small partial brood in mid-September. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July in northern Britain and a double brood across the south.

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