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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 30-36mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody 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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records17430408
Number of individuals17537424
Unique positions8016192
Unique locations7516182
Adult records16030380
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 408 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2300 Old Lady 07
© Julian Francis
2300 Old Lady 05
© Julian Francis
2300 Old Lady 06
© Julian Francis
2300 Old Lady 04
© Paul Harris
2300 Old Lady 03
© Les Hill
2300 Old Lady 02
© Tom Morris
2300 Old Lady 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jul 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, rare in Scotland, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, this large moth is local and probably under-recorded due to the moth's reluctance to visit light traps although actinic traps are apparently more successful, and, like the preceding species, sugar bait attracts well. "In my experience, very local and with a marked preference for the neighbourhood of water." (W Parkinson Curtis ms). There are several records of the species found by day in sheds, under bridges, in houses, in fact anywhere that affords shade. There is just one larval record: Bloxworth Heath, final instar larva head down along currant stem; several stalks, no leaf parts left on 1 May 2006 (P Davey).

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