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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Feb-May.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Oaks. Downy Birch, sallows, Hazel.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records18853054380
Number of individuals17750510145702
Unique positions18012384
Unique locations14212308
Adult records17863044180
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 4380 records from 308 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2182 Small Quaker 03
© Julian Francis
2182 Small Quaker 02
© Julian Francis
2182 Small Quaker 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), hazel (Corylus avellana), blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is abundant in deciduous woodland and frequent amongst scrub and hedgerow containing one or more of its host foodplants.

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