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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Burnet-saxifrage.

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 recorded18871887
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records2958
Number of individuals3264
Unique positions1530
Unique locations1530
Adult records2448
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 58 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1887.


1845 Pimpinel Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on the ripening seed capsules of burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga). In Dorset, the moth is very local and at low density being found in three unimproved grassland localities. These are on Portland and on Purbeck and on the Cranborne Chase. Old records indicate that the moth was more widespread in the past, presumably due to the far larger areas of dry unimproved grassland upon which burnet saxifrage grows. Diagnostics include: ash-grey ground colour, notum and head; elongated wings. It is recommended that this species be included in management plans for unimproved grassland sites on chalk soils in relation to maintain viable stocks of burnet-saxifrage.

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