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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous 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 recorded189019851890
Year last recorded201120052011
Number of records993204
Number of individuals2433492
Unique positions39282
Unique locations36276
Adult records963198
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 204 records from 76 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1890.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A lowland species most frequently found on the eastern half of Britain, the larva feeding on herbaceous plants and noted as a pest species on vegetables, cultivated plants, clovers (Trifolium spp.), plantain (Plantago spp.) and Umbelliferae. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and occurs in a variety of different habitats. It is found locally in the salt marshes of Poole Harbour, in suburban gardens in Dorchester, Weymouth, Swanage and Poole, and on rich soils within certain river systems such as the River Frome, River Piddle and the River Iwerne. The moth is strongly attracted to the flowers of ragwort. The individual illustrated is an aberrant example and was trapped near Wimborne by R Stewart on 29 July 1948.

Diagnostics include: bullet-shaped mark beneath orbicular stigmata seldom contains black scales; forewing length less than White-line Dart2081.


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