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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: -

Forewing: 12-13mm.

Foodplant: Poplar and Sallows.

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 recorded20052005
Year last recorded20052005
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very rare immigrant species first seen in Britain in 1993 and just a handful of times subsequently, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus sp.). Abroad, this species is found across much of southern, central and eastern Europe and across Scandinavia. In Dorset, the moth has been seen on one occasion: Weymouth, at MV light on 3 September 2005 (Dr P Sterling). This arrival of this example coincided with a south-easterly airflow from the region to the north of the French Alps. The moth is superficially very similar to the Oak Nycteoline2423 and over-winters in the adult stage too.

Diagnostics include: less variable with a glossy-grey ground colour; a squarer apex (a similar difference exists between Chestnut2258 and Dark Chestnut2259); a slightly broader wing; usually prominent dark and fine thrice-angled cross lines.


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