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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Rest-harrow.

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 recorded188519991885
Year last recorded201020062010
Number of records1328280
Number of individuals3828780
Unique positions955200
Unique locations695148
Adult records958206
Immature records6012

For the region, we have a total of 280 records from 148 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


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© Chris Manley, 3 Jul 2006

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Crescent Plume Marasmarcha lunaedactyla: A local species restricted to the southern half of Britain, the larva feeding on rest harrow species Ononis sp. In Dorset, this Plume is locally common on unimproved dry alkaline grassland, on dry heathland and among sand dune habitat, wherever rest harrow grows in some quantity.

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