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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Aspen, poplars

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 recorded201120082011
Number of records11072364
Number of individuals133129524
Unique positions626136
Unique locations576126
Adult records10771356
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 364 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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© Martin Cade,
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© Gordon Hopkins

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, Wales and parts of Scotland, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density as poplar is a rarely planted tree in the county. It is frequent on the Moors River at Hurn where there is a grove of mature black poplar (Populus nigra) trees; half of the county tally has been recorded from this single site.

Dispersal some distance from the poplar is likely to account for the following examples: West Bexington, on 19 August 1998, 3 August, 6 August, 8 August, and 9 August 2000 (R Eden), Portland, on 20 July 1994, 23 July 1995 (M Cade), Puddletown, on 22 July 2000, 29 July 2004 (H Wood Homer), St Albans Head, on 7 August 1992 (P Davey), Shaggs, on 6 August 2002, 4 August 2003 (M Parsons), Trigon Heath, on 18 July 1999 (C Manley, et al), Trigon, on 1 August 2000 (C Manley), Gore Heath, on 12 July 1999 (P Davey), Arne Wood, on 16 July 1987 (B Pickess), Ballard Down, on 4 August 2000 (C Manley).

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