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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Jun-Aug

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Hazel, sallows, willows others.

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 recorded1905200719831905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records20372644206
Number of individuals71821313714664
Unique positions280212588
Unique locations208111440
Adult records18322643796
Immature records3006

For the region, we have a total of 4206 records from 440 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1777 July Highflyer 04
© Julian Francis
1777 July Highflyer 03
© Julian Francis
1777 July Highflyer 02
© Julian Francis
1777 July Highflyer 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.), hazel (Corylus avellana), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and heather (Erica spp.). In Dorset, this highly variable moth is common to abundant in localities where hazel or sallow abound, but infrequent to rare elsewhere. There is no indication that the species feeds on heather in the county.

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