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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

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 recorded195519851955
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records35131764
Number of individuals5911101402
Unique positions1127238
Unique locations916194
Adult records33731736
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 764 records from 194 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain most often encountered in southern woods and on northern moors, the larva feeding nocturnally on various herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is headquartered in deciduous woodland where it as at low density; elsewhere it is rare. The following recorded at light traps are suspected second generation examples: Puddletown, on 7 Augus 1999 (H Wood Homer), Oakers Wood, on 24 August 1995 (P Davey), Gaunts Common, on 3 August 1991 (P Davey), Slepe, 4 August 2003 (D Cooper), Arne Wood, on 11 August 1977, 14 August 1977, 10 August 1983 (B Pickess).

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