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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 19-22mm.

Foodplant: Mallows.

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 recorded190519941905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records27527604
Number of individuals29831658
Unique positions465102
Unique locations42696
Adult records19727448
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 604 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


Mallow 3
© Julian Francis
1745 Mallow 02
© Gillian Nash, Sept 2014
1745 Mallow 01
© Debra Saunders

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring throughout Britain, but more local further north, the larva feeding on common mallow (Malva sylvestris), marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis), and hollyhock (Alcea rosa). In Dorset, the moth is essentially a coastal species where it is local, and usually at low density. It is rare inland despite its foodplant being widespread on disturbed, dry, nutrient-rich soils and along roadside verges. There are records from Iwerne Minster, the Wareham area and from Hurn. Although the moth bears a superficial similarity to the Shaded Broad-bar1732, the difference in emergence dates provide a useful clue for gauging identity.

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