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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 17-22mm.

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 recorded190519931905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records25612536
Number of individuals26312550
Unique positions782160
Unique locations753156
Adult records24512514
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 536 records from 156 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2136 Gothic 02
© Gillian Nash, August 2015
2136 Gothic 01
© Jack Oughton

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread but decreasing species in lowland Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants, young shrubs and fruit trees. In Dorset, the moth is local and usually only singletons are observed. The Gothic seems to prefer watery habitats such as rivers and streams, and, "it turns up in coal houses, garden tool sheds and suchlike places." (W Parkinson Curtis manuscript), a set of preferences exhibited also by Old Lady2300.

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