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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 10mm.

Foodplant: Thought to be mosses.

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 recorded18881888
Year last recorded20092009
Number of records2040
Number of individuals2754
Unique positions1122
Unique locations1122
Adult records2040
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 40 records from 22 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.


1325 Platytes alpinella 03
© Jamie McMillan July 2014
1325 Platytes alpinella 02
© Paul Harris
1325 Platytes alpinella 01
© Martin Cade, 16 Aug 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to coastal sandhill and shingle habitat mainly in south-east Britain, the larva feeds on the moss (Tortula ruraliformis), a dune stabilising plant. In Dorset, the moth has been found just once in sandhill habitat well over one hundred years ago: Studland, on 10 August 1888 (Reverend C Digby). Dr P Sterling has ‘spent many fruitless hours searching’ for the larva of this species in Tortula ruraliformis.

The following light trap records are of suspected immigrants originating from dune and shingle habitat along coasts bordering the southern North Sea: Tout Quarry, on 18 July 1995 (Dr P Sterling), Portland, on 22 July 1996, 19 August 1996, 6, 19 and 20 August 1997, 24 August 1999, on 3, two on 17, two on 25 and on 26 July 2006 (M Cade), Wyke Regis, on 23 July 2006 (D Foot), Weymouth, on 23 July 2006, Broadwey, on 20 July 2006 (P Harris), St Albans Head, on 6 July 1987, Holt Forest, on 18 August 1997 (P Davey).

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