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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Red Campion.

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 recorded201120112011
Number of records647581410
Number of individuals841671816
Unique positions1326276
Unique locations1136238
Adult records571581258
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1410 records from 238 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1808 Sandy Carpet 03
© Julian Francis
1808 Sandy Carpet 02
© Dave Foot
1808 Sandy Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species over much of Britain, but local in northern Scotland, the larva feeding in the seed capsules of red campion (Silene dioica), white campion (Silene latifolia), and bladder campion (Silene vulgaris). In Dorset, the moth is at low density but widespread. It rises to frequent on chalky soil where arable and grassy verges support white campion, and in the west of the county on hedgebanks and in woods where red campion thrives.

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