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National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Common sand-dune 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 recorded20092009
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2009.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species found on coastal sandhills in northern England, East Anglia, Wales and Scotland, the larva feeding nocturnally on sandhill plants, and hiding in the sand by day. A suspected immigrant was recorded at Dover in 1957. "This species must, at all times, have been extremely rare in the county, and it is very doubtful if it is now there. The records below I give full details of are reliable. I got the Wemouth specimens from A Druitt's collection and dissected them, and agree the identity. Professor Varley allowed me to have the A Pickard-Cambridge specimens for examination and dissection; they were as A Pickard-Cambridge thought, true cursoria. The colouration is very curious. The general tone is cinnamon drab. The markings are nearly obsolete - one has a uniform and a traceable subterminal line. The other has the antemedial and post-medial line clearly marked but little else is traceable. The markings are a deeper tone of the general hue. Hope department numbers of slides are 389:1959 and 390:1959." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Dorset records are: Studland, along the shore to the south of the red rocks, after lunch on 22 July 1887 (Reverend E Bankes, C Digby), Weymouth, six bred from larvae (J Ridley), two at arbutus blossom (A Pickard-Cambridge), Pennsylvania, undercliff (Pickard-Cambridge, O Pickard Cambridge).

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