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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Birches and sallows.

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 recorded197119851971
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records27127596
Number of individuals564741276
Unique positions629142
Unique locations528120
Adult records26627586
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 596 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1971.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on birch (Betula spp.) and on sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to birch-rich localities particularly in deciduous woodland where the moth is frequent, but also in more open habitat on heathland. The moth has no preference for soil type; the presence of birch seems to be the over-riding factor. The national norm is a single brood in late-July and August, but in Dorset the moth appears in early July and is all but gone by the middle of August. The following individuals were trapped late in the year coinciding with high immigrant activity: Arne, two on 11 October and two on 12 October 1995 (B Pickess).

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