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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident. Under-recorded - treated as agg.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Beech, birches, elms, Alder, hazel.

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 recorded19561956
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records94188
Number of individuals170340
Unique positions2244
Unique locations2142
Adult records93186
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 188 records from 42 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


1796 Pale November Moth 01
© Kate McCusker

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Widespread and locally common in Britain, the larva feeding on deciduous trees. The shape of the post-median fascia on the forewing forms an obtuse angle where it curves around the discal spot. In Dorset, the moth is likely to be most common in woodland on chalky soils.

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