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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late May-mid Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Traveller's Joy.

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 recorded195920071959
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records4442892
Number of individuals66621336
Unique positions862176
Unique locations591120
Adult records3942792
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 892 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


1782 Fern 03
© Julian Francis
1782 Fern 02
© Dave Foot
1782 Fern 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to southern Britain, the larva feeding on traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, the moth is frequent and shares the same habitat type and distribution as the Small Waved Umber1781, although the Fern tends to be at a slightly lower density.

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