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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: late May to Jul.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants.

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 recorded190319831903
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records4161461124
Number of individuals7494002298
Unique positions10013226
Unique locations8111184
Adult records3881441064
Immature records4110

For the region, we have a total of 1124 records from 184 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1903.


2163 Broom Moth 03
© Julian Francis
2163 Broom Moth 02
© Martin Raper
2163 Broom Moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, the moth is at low density, especially away from sandy soil, but it is locally frequent where bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) is dominant and in the few localities where broom (Cytisus scoparius) flourishes.

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