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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Oaks and birches.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1316672766
Number of individuals2764905708
Unique positions24011502
Unique locations1849386
Adult records1193662518
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2766 records from 386 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1904 Scorched Wing 03
© Will Bown
1904 Scorched Wing 02
© Tom Morris
1904 Scorched Wing 01
© Terry Box

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A frequent species in southern Britain more local further north, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.), birch (Betula spp.), oak (Quercus spp.) and beech (Fagus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent in oak woods, and, where its foodplants occur in quantity, it can be common. The Scorched Wing is also resident and at low density at West Bexington and at St Alban's Head; in these open coastal situations the likely food source is blackthorn (Prunus spinosa).

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