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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Lichens.

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 recorded1953200719831953
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records11991702540
Number of individuals190311134034
Unique positions23119482
Unique locations17518368
Adult records10411692222
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 2540 records from 368 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east Britain but absent elsewhere, the larva feeding on various lichens growing on the twigs and branches of deciduous and coniferous trees. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in lichen-rich woodland and largely absent from open habitat; it has yet to be recorded on Portland for example. Elsewhere, the moth is at low density. Unusually early and late dates are as follows: Bracketts Coppice, at MV on 6 May 2000 (J Astley), Shaggs, at MV on 22 April 2002 (M Parsons), Gaunts Common, at MV on 14 October 1995 (P Davey), Holt Forest, at MV on 16 October 1995 (P Davey). The October 1995 dates coincided with a notable immigration from abroad.

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