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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Buckthorn.

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 recorded188619921886
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records5320146
Number of individuals8423214
Unique positions35478
Unique locations32472
Adult records5020140
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 146 records from 72 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


1791 Brown Scallop 04
© Will Bown
1791 Brown Scallop 02
© Julian Francis
1791 Brown Scallop 03
© Julian Francis
1791 Brown Scallop 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Found in south and south-east England, but very local elsewhere in England and Wales, the larva feeding on buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). In Dorset, the moth is local, at low density, and occupies the same habitat types as the Tissue1790, and in addition, neutral grassland sites. On chalky soils the foodplant is buckthorn, on sandy soil, for example at Hurn, the foodplant is alder buckthorn (Frangula alnus), and on neutral soil both buckthorn species may be used. The following record was likely to have been a dispersed individual as a northerly airflow was established at the time of trapping: West Bexington, at MV on 28 July 1996 (R Eden).

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