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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

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 recorded195519731955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records10471062306
Number of individuals18001923984
Unique positions22117476
Unique locations16415358
Adult records9011052012
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2306 records from 358 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2305 Small Angle Shades 03 larva
© Jack Oughton
2305 Small Angle Shades 02
© Mike Hetherington, 26 May 2012
2305 Small Angle Shades 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various shrubs and plants with a preference for bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) and ferns (Dryopteris filix-mas agg.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland, especially those rich in birch and sallow, and in woods and on dry heaths where bracken is dominant. Elsewhere it is at low density. Although the moth is single brooded in the UK, a partial second brood is suspected during August and early September.

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