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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common but restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Heather and Bell Heather.

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 recorded195519751955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records26242325712
Number of individuals4699110649115280
Unique positions26730594
Unique locations17127396
Adult records25382295534
Immature records216

For the region, we have a total of 5712 records from 396 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


Lycophotia porphyrea
© Lucie Aggas
2118 Lycophotia porphyrea 3
© Julian Francis
2118 True Lover's Knot 02
© Tom Morris
2118 True Lover's Knot 01
© Phyl England 18 Jul 2012

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: The commonest heathland macromoth species in Britain, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna vulgaris) and bell heather (Erica cinerea). In Dorset, the moth is abundant on heathland. In favourable years trap totals are large, for example, 5000 at Furzebrook in 1972 and 2400 at Matchams in 1986. There are many observations of short or medium-range dispersal away from heathland, see also the Narrow-winged Pug1846 account. Interestingly, colonisation away from heathland has been observed in Europe for this species.

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