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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Willows.

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 recorded188720021887
Year last recorded201120022011
Number of records711144
Number of individuals1061214
Unique positions29160
Unique locations27156
Adult records661134
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 144 records from 56 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1887.


1779 Ruddy Highflyer 02
© Jack Oughton
1779 Ruddy Highflyer 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, more frequent in the north, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.) species. In Dorset, the moth is distinctly local and at low density, occurring in sallow-rich wetland across the Poole Basin, but also colonising river valley habitat at the foot of the chalk downs in north Dorset: Iwerne Minster, on 20 May 1957, 19 June 1958, 20 May 1959, 9 May 1966, 19 May 1967 (H Moore), Woolland, at MV light on 18 May 1999, 27 May 1999, 2 June 1999, 11 June 2001, two on 2 June 2003, 11 June 2003 (P Benham). The following singletons were encountered in coastal localities well away from typical habitat suggesting occasional dispersal: Seatown, 5 May 2008 (M Parsons), West Bexington, on 12 May 1997, 18 May 2004 (R Eden), Weymouth, on 9 June 2000 (Dr P Sterling), Scar Bank, 28 May 1932 (A Russell).

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