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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Clovers, Bird's-foot-trefoil, Black Medick and Lucerne other vetches and trefoils.

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 recorded198920001989
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records2152434
Number of individuals951121926
Unique positions1382280
Unique locations842172
Adult records1982400
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 434 records from 172 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1989.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern and eastern England, more local further north and west, the larva feeding on clover (Trifolium spp.), trefoil (Lotus spp.), medick (Medicago spp.) and related species. In Dorset, this day-flying moth is locally abundant in unimproved dry grassland on chalky soils where common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) occurs. It is at low density in damp woodland and on unimproved grassland on clay soils where greater bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus pendunculatus) grows and absent from sandy soils.

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