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National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare resident or migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Large-leaved Lime and Small-leaved Lime.

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 recorded20032003
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records36
Number of individuals36
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records36
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare species recorded from Monmouthshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire and Norfolk, the larva feeding on the flowers of small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata), and at the present time immigration from the Continent is believed to be boosting numbers across south-east England and East Anglia. In Dorset, small-leaved lime, from being one of the commonest trees at the time of the wildwood many hundreds of years ago, has become consigned mainly to old woods and hedges in the north-east of the county where it is rare. A single moth was found in the heart of an old deciduous wood containing oak, maple, birch and small-leaved lime: Cranborne Copse, at MV light on 16 June 2003 (P Davey). It was trapped together with two Lime Hawks at the foot of a mighty cathedral-like small-leaved lime tree. Maintaining numbers of mature small-leaved lime trees at Edmonsham should safeguard the resident colony of Pauper Pug at the site. A second county record occurred four years later coincident with a warm north-easterly airflow from northern Europe: Puddletown, at MV light on 8 June 2007 (H Wood Homer).

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