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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Apr.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Omnivorous. Broadleaved trees and shrubs - Moth larvae.

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 recorded195619821956
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records751631628
Number of individuals1288862748
Unique positions1328280
Unique locations1077228
Adult records697631520
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1628 records from 228 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


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© Julian Francis
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© Will Bown
2256 Satellite 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but declining species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding nocturnally on various deciduous trees and shrubs, and developing cannibalistic tendencies when in final instars, even eating aphids. The adult derives its name from the small markings that lie close to the central orange, yellow or white dot near the center of its forewing. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in deciduous woodland and rarely seen in open situations. The moth was formerly far more common with old observations such as "Bere Wood, abundant." (W Parkinson Curtis ms) and "Cranborne, common." (F Fisher). This declining trend appears to be general across much of Britain, and, in the case of Dorset, is in no small part due to the removal of so much old deciduous woodland in the last seventy years or so. The peak of the spring emergence is roughly forty per cent of the autumn peak.

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