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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, bushes and trees.

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 recorded1955200719701955
Year last recorded2011201020112011
Number of records6739271514912
Number of individuals52138134425113152
Unique positions305214642
Unique locations228215490
Adult records6334271514102
Immature records60012

For the region, we have a total of 14912 records from 490 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2190 Hebrew Character 07 ab. 10mm wing length
© Julian Francis, 2 May 2020
2190 Hebrew Character 06
© Julian Francis
2190 Hebrew Character 05 (slight aberration)
© Julian Francis
2190 Hebrew Character 04
© Julian Francis
2190 Hebrew Character 03
© Les Hill
2190 Hebrew Character 02
© Martin Cade, 26 Feb 2007
2190 Hebrew Character 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the polyphagous larva preferring deciduous trees and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common to abundant, with a prolonged flight period between mid-February and mid-June. The following individuals were recorded at light traps on rather early dates: Puddletown, on 25 December 2002 (H Wood Homer), Ashington, on 31 December 1988 (J Fradgley).

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