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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 5-7mm.

Foodplant: Grasses and sedges in sandy places.

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 recorded19011901
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records62124
Number of individuals443886
Unique positions4386
Unique locations3264
Adult records4284
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 124 records from 64 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1901.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to sandy and shingle coasts in eastern and southern England, and also colonising the Breck district, the larva feeding on grasses (Poaceae) and mosses (Musci spp.). In Dorset, the small moth is local and restricted to rocky coast and landslip between Portland in the west and Ballard Cliff in the east, where it is locally abundant. There are no records from the sandy coast habitat between Studland and Hengistbury Head. The following observation from Portland is noteworthy: larvae plentiful under debris along the old railway embankment (W Parkinson Curtis). Occasional examples appear inland at light traps, for example, Puddletown, on 23 June 2003 (H Wood Homer), Bere Stream, 5 July 2004 (P Davey, S Barrett).

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