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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Aspen and Black Poplar.

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 recorded1905200719871905
Year last recorded2011200720082011
Number of records104123256
Number of individuals138232344
Unique positions6415140
Unique locations5915130
Adult records102123252
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 256 records from 130 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1879 Seraphim 04
© Julian Francis
1879 Seraphim 03
© Paul Harris
1879 Seraphim 02
© Paul Harris
1879 Seraphim 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on aspen (Populus tremens). In Dorset, the moth is local due to the scarcity of aspen communities. However, colonies of the moth are established in Three Acre Wood at Studland and in Castle Hill Wood near Edmonsham. Records of the moth well away from aspen trees indicate that that the larvae feeds on alternative poplar species such as white poplar (Populus alba) and black poplar (Populus nigra). The trap at Hurn operates beneath a grove of mature black poplar trees and the nearest aspen colony is several kilometres away. Nearly one fifth of all Seraphims recorded in Dorset have been recorded at Hurn.

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