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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant.

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 recorded192819851928
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records9818232
Number of individuals15541392
Unique positions31776
Unique locations30672
Adult records9818232
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 232 records from 72 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1928.


1757 Spinach 02
© Dave Foot
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© Phyl England 22 Oct 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found widely across England and Wales but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum) and black currant (Ribes nigrum). In Dorset, the moth is found almost exclusively in urban areas close to allotments and nurseries where the host foodplants are grown. Although red currant is a frequent understory shrub in damp woodland, no colonies have yet been encountered in these 'natural' situations.

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