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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Oak, Birches, sallows etc.

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 recorded1955200719841955
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records265413686046
Number of individuals108831207325914
Unique positions213115458
Unique locations165115362
Adult records246913625664
Immature records30210

For the region, we have a total of 6046 records from 362 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


Clouded Drab 17
© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Julian Francis
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© Paul Harris
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© Gillian Nash, 2 April 16
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© Gillian Nash, 2 April 16
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© Les Hill
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© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), sallow (SalixUlmus spp.) and other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is locally abundant in deciduous woodland, but becomes scarce in open tree-less habitat, for example, there are no records from Portland.

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