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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul and Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 10-13mm.

Foodplant: Berries of Spindle.

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 recorded199019971990
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records12213270
Number of individuals14028336
Unique positions35682
Unique locations30672
Adult records1169250
Immature records6420

For the region, we have a total of 270 records from 72 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1990.


1465 Nephopterix angustella 07
© Paul Harris
1465 Nephopterix angustella 06
© Jenny Seawright
1465 Nephopterix angustella 05
© Gillian Nash, September 2015
1465 Nephopterix angustella 04
© Paul Harris
1465 Nephopterix angustella 03
© Will Bown, Sep 2014
1465 Nephopterix angustella 02
© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation
1465 Nephopterix angustella 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in south-east England, the larva feeding on spindle (Euonymus europaeus). In Dorset, the moth is a suspected immigrant, transitory resident and rare resident. The bulk of the records hale from the coastal belt where spindle is scarce. Two-thirds of all records occurred in the hot immigrant-rich summer of 2003, and seventeen of these were from West Bexington on 5 September.

The national norm of a partial second brood in late summer is not reflected in the Dorset data. Here the peak of the second generation is nine times more numerous than that of the first, perhaps reflecting a more continental cycle and underlining the European source of many of the moths seen. Potential resident and actual larval records follow: Puddletown, at MV light on 24 July 2002 (H Wood Homer), Shapwick, at MV light on 28 and 30 June 2000, 29 May 2003, 20 and 22 August 2003, 19 September 2003 (P Davey), Badbury Rings, larva in berry of spindle on 18 September 2005, emerged 6 November, Hengistbury Head, larvae on spindle on 22 September 2001, at MV light on 5 and 13 July 2002 (M Jeffes), West Blagdon, larvae on spindle on 24 November 2003.

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