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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and 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 recorded195219841952
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records11231192484
Number of individuals26752415832
Unique positions1509318
Unique locations1199256
Adult records10671192372
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 2484 records from 256 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1952.


2186 Powdered Quaker 03
© Julian Francis
2186 Powdered Quaker 02
© Les Hill
2186 Powdered Quaker 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on bog myrtle (Myrica gale), sallow (Salix spp.), meadow-sweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and other plants. In Dorset, the moth is frequent in damp habitat but rises to common among bog myrtle in marsh and mire in the Poole Basin, and here the adult is often extremely variable, with pink, brown or purple forms predominating. The moth is also common on unimproved grassland. In all other places it is generally at low density.

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