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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-May.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120052011
Number of records724152
Number of individuals1014210
Unique positions33372
Unique locations28260
Adult records704148
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 152 records from 60 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


Northern Drab 8
© Julian Francis
2184 Northern Drab 07
© Alan Bernard
2184 Northern Drab 06
© Jack Oughton
2184 Northern Drab 05
© Jack Oughton
2184 Northern Drab 04
© Gillian Nash
2184 Northern Drab 03
© Gillian Nash, April 2015
2184 Northern Drab 02
© Jack Oughton
2184 Northern Drab 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 2188 Clouded Drab.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, and rare in Scotland, the polyphagous larva feeding on various herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset the moth is local and at low density; it is most often encountered on calcareous clay and chalky soils in the north-eastern quadrant of the county where blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) are dominant plants in scrub or unmaintained hedgerow.

Care is needed in identifying darker, unicolorous specimens, as these can resemble the Clouded Drab2188. Diagnostics include: a rounded apex; a relatively straight and conspicuous subterminal line.


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