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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-18mm.

Foodplant: Birches, Alder, Hazel and Oaks.

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 recorded196219841962
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records517261086
Number of individuals949341966
Unique positions13910298
Unique locations1089234
Adult records47026992
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1086 records from 234 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1962.


1657 Common Lutestring 04
© Julian Francis
1657 Common Lutestring 03
© Gillian Nash, June 2015
1657 Common Lutestring 02
© Dave Foot
1657 Common Lutestring 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1656 Tetheella fluctuosa (Satin Lutestring).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), and less frequently on oak (Quercus spp.) and alder (Alnus spp.). In Dorset, the moth tends to be most common in oak and birch woodland, particularly in old woods such as Piddles Wood, Oakers Wood and Holt Forest. It also occurs at low density amongst birch scrub on heathland. Away from these habitats the moth turns up only very occasionally as singletons.

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