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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation Aug-Oct, hibernates to following Spring.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Hops.

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 recorded190519911905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records6024168
Number of individuals7145232
Unique positions291180
Unique locations26868
Adult records5212128
Immature records5724

For the region, we have a total of 168 records from 68 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2480 Buttoned Snout 06
© Julian Francis, 2 Jun 2020
2480 Buttoned Snout 05
© Will Bown, June 2016
2480 Buttoned Snout 04
© Will Bown, June 2016
2480 Buttoned Snout 03
© Paul Harris
2480 Buttoned Snout 02
© Lawrie de Whalley, 4 Dec 2013
2480 Buttoned Snout 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local and since the 1950s, declining species that was previously widespread across southern England, now mainly restricted to and sparsely spread across south-east England, the larva feeding on hop (Humulus lupulus). The moth is most often encountered hibernating inside houses or outbuildings between September and May, but it occasionally visits low-wattage light traps. In Dorset, the moth is local but often common where it occurs, and colonises hop-rich river valleys and nutrient-rich hedgerows on geology younger than cretaceous, and so is in effect restricted to the Poole Basin and adjacent London Beds. Hop also grows in the north and west of the county, but no moths have been seen in this region. The following record is likely to be of a dispersed example: Winspit, on 9 May 2008 (P Davey).

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