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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug, (Sep).

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Delphiniums and Larkspur.

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 recorded190519871905
Year last recorded200619982006
Number of records528120
Number of individuals658146
Unique positions19242
Unique locations18240
Adult records488112
Immature records306

For the region, we have a total of 120 records from 40 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in Britain, first recorded in 1890 in Kent, the larva feeding on garden Delphinium and monk's-hood (Aconitum Spp.). The first Dorset records were one taken at light at Tarrant Rushton in 1893, another on 18 June in the same year at Mudeford. The moth is very thinly spread in the county, with most records from gardens stocked with Delphinium. "The moth can be a garden nuisance by eating the tips of the shoots whence flowerbuds spring." (W Parkinson Curtis). The following examples are suspected immigrants, and indeed the one in 1947 may have been from a continental second-brood: West Bexington, on 3 July 2006 (R Eden), Scar Bank, at light on 18 September 1947 (A Russell), Swanage, at MV on 26 June 2003 (R Cox).

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