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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Tufted Hair-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 recorded1956200819851956
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records4891371054
Number of individuals11386522392
Unique positions15917334
Unique locations12517266
Adult records425137926
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 1054 records from 266 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


2345 Small Dotted Buff 02
© Gillian Nash, July 2015
2345 Small Dotted Buff 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across much of Britain, the larva feeding on the inner parts of tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa). In Dorset, the moth is abundant in old grassland on ill-drained clay soil in the Blackmoor Vale. It is frequent in marsh and in open woodland on clay soils, and on dry unimproved grassland. There are very few records from heathland blocks within the Poole Basin.

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