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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Apr-early Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Alder.

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 recorded1929200719851929
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records332198862
Number of individuals56611901514
Unique positions117111258
Unique locations98110218
Adult records317193822
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 862 records from 218 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1929.


1778 May Highflyer 05
© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
1778 May Highflyer 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the larva feeding on alder (Alnus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common in the valley swamps at Powerstock Common and in St Leonard's Peats within Hurn Forest where alder is the dominant tree species. The moth is also frequent in river courses and streams where alder occurs. It is seldom encountered far from damp alder-rich habitat.

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