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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Willow and Black Poplar.

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 recorded190519881905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records9922242
Number of individuals12724302
Unique positions689154
Unique locations538122
Adult records8622216
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 242 records from 122 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2311 Double Kidney 05
© Paul Harris
2311 Double Kidney 04
© Julian Francis
2311 Double Kidney 03
© Julian Francis
2311 Double Kidney 02
© Martin Cade, 13 Jul 2010
2311 Double Kidney 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern and western England and Wales, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.). In Dorset the moth is local and at low density within sallow-rich wetland habitat including river valleys, swamps, fens, marshes, mires, damp heath and ditches. The following record testifies to its affinity with water: Parley Common, flying commonly over ditches near the surface of the water (S Scarsdale Brown). This example was trapped on a very late date amidst much immigrant activity: Bere Regis, at MV light on 12 October 1995 (S Barrett).

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