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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 12-15mm

Foodplant: Pignut, on the flowers and seeds

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 recorded188720031887
Year last recorded201120032011
Number of records21144
Number of individuals1875384
Unique positions14130
Unique locations13128
Adult records19140
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 44 records from 28 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1887.


1870 Chimney Sweeper 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in northern and western Britain, but very local in south-eastern England, the larva feeding on the flowers and seeds of pignut (Conopodium majus). In Dorset, this sooty-black day-flying moth is very local despite the foodplant being common in woods and locally abundant in old pastures and parks. Recent records suggest a distribution that is restricted to two discrete areas. The first is old, damp pasture on the Lulworth Ranges and on Corfe Common where pignut is abundant; the second is dry grassland on chalky soils in north-east Dorset where pignut is common very locally, such as along the summit of Melbury Down. It has yet to be recorded from woodland and this suggests that, like the Argent and Sable1787 and Drab Looper1878, the Chimney Sweeper relishes open, sunlit situations.

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