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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorns, Blackthorn, Apple, Pear, Plum.

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records698231442
Number of individuals1056222156
Unique positions1218258
Unique locations1047222
Adult records576221196
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 1442 records from 222 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


2077 Short-cloaked Moth 05
© Paul Harris
2077 Short-cloaked Moth 04
© Will Bown, Jul 2013
2077 Short-cloaked Moth 03
© Dave Foot
2077 Short-cloaked Moth 02
© Tom Morris
2077 Short-cloaked Moth 01
© Terry Box, 14 Jul 2005

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring in England and Wales, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), plum (Prunus spp.), apple (Malus spp.) and pear (Pyrus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is locally common in coastal localities where blackthorn thickets grow. Inland, the moth is local and at low density, and is chiefly associated with blackthorn and hawthorn scrub; it also occurs in town gardens and orchards where fruit trees have been planted.

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