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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident, occasional wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 13-19mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Willow, Aspen other Poplars

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 recorded195919831959
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records42662976
Number of individuals1246872666
Unique positions9611214
Unique locations618138
Adult records41162946
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 976 records from 138 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


1755 Chevron 04 larva
© Jack Oughton
1755 Chevron 03
© Tom Morris
1755 Chevron 02
© Chris Manley, 28 Jul 2008
1755 Chevron 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp), creeping willow (Salix repens), birch (Betula spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula). In Dorset, the moth is found exclusively on sandy soil where it is locally common. The following light trap records coincided with westerly airflows, and dispersal from upland regions to the west of Dorset are suspected on each occasion: Bridport, on 18 July 2004 (D Wedd), West Bexington, on 14 August 1993, 3 September 2001 (R Eden), Upwey, on 28 July 2004 (P Harris), Gillingham, on 27 July 1996 (G Hopkins). The following records are of potential second brood individuals and coincided with southerly airflows from abroad: Puddletown, at MV on 27 October 2001, 30 October 2001 (H Wood Homer).

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