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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Scarce and mainly coastal migrant, probable rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul, mainly Sep-Oct.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Various herbaceous plants.

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 recorded200520062005
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records2334474
Number of individuals3694746
Unique positions46398
Unique locations37380
Adult records2274462
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 474 records from 80 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2005.


2387a Clancy's Rustic 06
© Julian Francis
2387a Clancy's Rustic 05
© Martin Raper
2387a Clancy's Rustic 04
© Paul Harris
2387a Clancy's Rustic 03
© Debra Saunders
2387a Clancy's Rustic 02 and Pale Mottled Willow (left)
© Martin Cade, 9 Sep 2005
2387a Clancy's Rustic 01
© Martin Cade, 24 Jun 2009

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Established across southern Europe south of 45°N and new to Britain in 2002, the larva is likely to feed on various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth was first seen in 2005: Preston, on 24 June 2005 (M Forster), Portland Bird Observatory, on 9 September 2005, 17 October 2005 (M Cade), Swanage, on 26 October 2005 (R Cox). Numbers exploded the following year for the most part due to the long hot summer plus frequent and often intense immigration events. Despite the atrocious summers over the following two years with minimal opportunities for immigration, numbers have remained significantly high (2007: 50+ and 2008: 100+) especially from coastal locations, and it appears that this newcomer is now an established resident in the southern half of the county, albeit for the time being.

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