Species Account

Select species and region:



Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 12mm.

Foodplant: Common Salt-marsh Grass.

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 recorded189619981896
Year last recorded200220042004
Number of records13842
Number of individuals7728
Unique positions10326
Unique locations12330
Adult records8832
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 42 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1896.


sorry, no pictures available for this species yet

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local saltmarsh species in eastern and south-eastern England, the larva feeding on common saltmarsh-grass (Puccinellia maritima). In Dorset, the moth is rare. The few records suggest that the species is confined to saltern habitat on the landward side of the Fleet, around the inside of Poole Harbour and of Christchurch Harbour: Chesil Beach, larvae in the roots of common saltmarsh-grass (N Richardson), Portland, not uncommon (S Scarsdale Brown), Hartland Moor, two at MV (J Chainey), South Haven, (Captain C Diver), Patchins Point, at MV light on 29 July 2002 (C Manley), Poole on 18 July 1901 (W Parkinson Curtis), Hengistbury Head, at MV light on 16 July 2000 (M Jeffes). Agencies managing sites containing habitat supporting common saltmarsh-grass, for example Christchurch Harbour (Christchurch Borough Council) or Arne (RSPB) should include this species in their management plans.

See background to species accounts.  Index of Vernacular names - Search - Random Species