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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Black Currant, Red Currant, Gooseberry.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records651891480
Number of individuals10181122260
Unique positions1458306
Unique locations1268268
Adult records599871372
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1480 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1754 Phoenix 04
© Julian Francis
1754 Phoenix 03
© Julian Francis
1754 Phoenix 02
© Tom Morris
1754 Phoenix 01
© Chris Manley, 24 Jun 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum) and gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in areas close to allotments and nurseries where host foodplants are grown for domestic use, and from damp woodland where red currant forms an understory. Phoenix moths have been trapped in Briars Wood, Oakers Wood, Arne Wood, Chetterwood, Holt Forest and Boys Wood. The national norm is for a single brood in July and August, but in Dorset, a partial bivoltine cycle is suspected with the moth on the wing over a three-month period. The first brood is on the wing between early June and late July, and the second brood flies between early August and early September.

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