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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDBK

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 14-15mm.

Foodplant: Prickly Lettuce, Great Lettuce.

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:

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Year last recorded 
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Unique locations 
Adult records 
Immature records 



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© Les Hill

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species resident locally in southern England and south Wales, largely disappearing by the start of the twentieth century and then reappearing in 1997 along the Thames estuary in north Kent, the larva feeding on the flowers and seeds of wild and cultivated lettuce (Lactuca spp.). The distribution of the moth in the nineteenth century coincided with that of prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), although the distribution of the latter has remained largely unchanged to the present day. In Dorset, the moth has not been seen for a very long time. However, the Small Ranunculus is spreading westwards in south-east England at the present time, and coincidentally, prickly lettuce is increasing fast across the county, especially on artificial habitats such as disturbed verges, railway banks, quarries and tips around Weymouth and in the Poole basin: Poole, (Mr Seager, per Dale), prior to 1880 (E Blanchard).

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