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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late May-Jun.

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Oak and Birch.

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 recorded195319881953
Year last recorded201120092011
Number of records13214292
Number of individuals20516442
Unique positions456102
Unique locations29568
Adult records12813282
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 292 records from 68 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


1950 Parectropis similaria (Brindled White-spot) 02
© Jamie McMillan
1950 Brindled White-spot 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern England and Wales, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betula spp.) and occasionally lime (Tilia spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local, at low density, and primarily associated with mature birch and oak woodland.

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