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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

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 recorded1955200719871955
Year last recorded2011200719872011
Number of records968121942
Number of individuals1240322490
Unique positions12611256
Unique locations9111186
Adult records769121544
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 1942 records from 186 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species limited to southern Britain, the larva feeding on traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever the foodplant grows in woods, plantations and hedges, mostly on chalky soils. The peak of the second brood is, on average, nearly twice as large as that of the first brood.

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