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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws and Field Bindweed.

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 recorded197019991970
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1799376
Number of individuals2459508
Unique positions34272
Unique locations31368
Adult records1779372
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 376 records from 68 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1970.


1712 Small Scallop 02
© Dave Foot
1712 Small Scallop 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local single-brooded species confined to southern England and Wales, the polyphagous larva feeding on low plants, grasses and fallen leaves for example birch (Betula spp.). In Dorset, the moth is very local, forming isolated colonies on marshy ground and wet flushes on wetland sites across the county. Colonies are present on the southern and western flanks of Poole Harbour, in the Stour valley, Luckford Lake and the Moors River.

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