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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 15-20mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous 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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records185228826
Number of individuals3765021756
Unique positions5616144
Unique locations5212128
Adult records172224792
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 826 records from 128 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain usually in coastal, estuarine, large river or moorland habitat, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in coastal salterns and fens from the Fleet eastwards, notably at Weymouth, in Poole Harbour and at Hengistbury Head, and is locally frequent also in the fens on the river system passing through Wareham. In Dorset, the moth is double brooded in May and early August; an additional peak in June suggests a separate univoltine cycle. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July in the north and a double brood in the south.

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