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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Woody plants.

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 recorded196419841964
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records12721296
Number of individuals20351508
Unique positions719160
Unique locations466104
Adult records11720274
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 296 records from 104 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1964.


2156 Beautiful Brocade 02
© Jack Oughton
2156 Beautiful Brocade 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species confined to acid soils in the British Isles, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, including birch (Betulae spp.) and sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density, and found exclusively on heathland blocks, particularly those where deciduous trees and shrubs such as birch, sallow or bog-myrtle (Myrtillus vaccinium) are present, a preference exhibited also by Ringed Carpet1939.

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