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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees. Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel.

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 recorded1955200719831955
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records349412287446
Number of individuals8211170717838
Unique positions369122784
Unique locations269120580
Adult records317712256806
Immature records3018

For the region, we have a total of 7446 records from 580 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1994 Buff-tip 07
© Martin Wood
1994 Buff-tip 06
© Julian Francis
1994 Buff-tip 05 larva
© Gillian Nash
1994 Buff-tip 04
© Tom Morris
1994 Buff-tip 03
© Phyl England
1994 Buff-tip 02
© Will Bown 20 June 2012
1994 Buff-tip 01
© Terry Box, 15 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various deciduous trees and shrubs. The moth uses its 'wood-chipping' markings, colouration and shape to good effect to camouflage itself from potential prey. In Dorset, the moth is common apart from on Portland where it is rare. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but with adults on the wing over a protracted period between early May and late August, an overlapping bivoltine cycle is suspected in Dorset with the peak of the first generation at the end of May and the second generation peak in mid-July. The following individual was trapped at a very late date: Gaunts Common, at MV light on 17 October 1995 (P Davey).

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