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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Bramble and Dewberry.

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 recorded1905200819831905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records263111495562
Number of individuals7518465716358
Unique positions346128750
Unique locations248123544
Adult records232611474948
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 5562 records from 544 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1653 Buff Arches 04
© Les Hill
1653 Buff Arches 03
© Tom Morris
1653 Buff Arches 02
© Will Bown 30 June 2012
1653 Buff Arches 01
© Terry Box, 13 Jun 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to England and Wales, the larva feeding on bramble (Rubus fruticosus). In Dorset, the moth is common throughout the county, apart from on Portland where it is infrequent. The moth has a similar distribution to that of the Peach Blossom1652, but based on records received the Buff Arches is fifteen times more common. The following singletons are likely to have been second brood individuals: West Bexington, at MV light on 8 October 1997 (R Eden), Boys Wood, at MV light on 2 October 2003 (P Davey).

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