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National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

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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 recorded19561956
Year last recorded19761976
Number of records918
Number of individuals84168
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records918
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 18 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


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© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A declining species headquartered in south-east England mainly on chalk downland, the larval foodplant is unknown. In Dorset, the moth has always been rare and after a gap of seventy years, several were trapped at light during the 1960s in the north-east of the county in the lee of chalk downland. Thirteen years later, one more was trapped in similar chalky habitat but fifteen kilometres away. There have been no further records, although a colony persists at Stourhead, three kilometres to the north of the county border in Wiltshire. Given the recent serious decline of the species nationally and the loss of much of its preferred unimproved chalky grassland habitat, the moth is probably extinct in the county, no recommendations are proposed: Glanvilles Wootton, in 1881 (Dale), Bere Wood, at sugar on 23 July 1856 (FB), Iwerne Minster, at MV light on 30 June 1956, 30 June 1959, 1 July 1959, 5 July 1968 (H Moore), Milton Abbey, at MV light on 18 June 1981 (Milton Abbey School NHS). It is recommended that trapping be undertaken at Fontmell Down for this species.

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