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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB1

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 10-11mm.

Foodplant: Smooth Tare and Hare's-foot Clover.

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 recorded19011901
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records48
Number of individuals48
Unique positions48
Unique locations36
Adult records48
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1901.


1696 Bright Wave 02
© Paul Harris
1696 Bright Wave 01
© Martin Cade, 5 Jul 2011

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Resident and rare on coastal sand dunes and shingle beaches in Kent, Suffolk and formerly Essex, otherwise a very rare immigrant, the polyphagous larva feeding on withered leaves of herbaceous plants and grasses. The moth has a mainly southern distribution in Europe where it colonises open dry grassland. In Dorset, three individuals have been recorded on or close to the coast and all are suspected immigrants: Portland, at MV light on 15 July 1994 (M Cade), near Bournemouth, 19 July 1900 (Robertson, 1900, Entomological Record, 12:300, 341), Branksome (All Saint's Fields near Branksome Parish Church) on 18 July 1901 (E Todd).

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