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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, May-Jun.

Forewing: 20-24mm

Foodplant: Woody plants

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 recorded1956200719731956
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records85311041916
Number of individuals140721813180
Unique positions190113408
Unique locations147114324
Adult records78711031782
Immature records2016

For the region, we have a total of 1916 records from 324 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


1920 Scalloped Hazel 04
© Julian Francis
1920 Scalloped Hazel 03
© Martin Raper
1920 Scalloped Hazel 02
© Jack Oughton
1920 Scalloped Hazel 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of tree and shrub species. In Dorset, the moth has been recorded from most sites across the county. "Larvae are frequently quite abundant, but the mortality rate is high; the choice of foodplant is very frequently ivy" (W Parkinson Curtis ms). Occasional mid-summer individuals are likely to be second brood individuals. The national norm is a single brood in May and June.

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