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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Aspen, poplars, sallows ad willows.

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 recorded1905200819751905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records263011625586
Number of individuals5430130111464
Unique positions369123786
Unique locations257118552
Adult records232811614980
Immature records4008

For the region, we have a total of 5586 records from 552 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1887 Clouded Border 04
© Julian Francis
1887 Clouded Border 03
© Debra Saunders
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© Dave Foot
1887 Clouded Border 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but sometimes local and single brooded species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.), poplar (Populus spp.) and hazel (Corylus avellana). In Dorset the moth is common in damp woodland and in wetland where sallow grows, and frequent in woodland where hazel is an abundant understory shrub. The national norm is of a single summer brood, but a partial bivoltine cycle in addition to the single summer brood is suggested by the county data.

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