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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common but thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul, (Aug).

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records544361160
Number of individuals927491952
Unique positions1908396
Unique locations1488312
Adult records478331022
Immature records012

For the region, we have a total of 1160 records from 312 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2422 Green Silver-lines 07 f. albescens
© Julian Francis, (see Leraut volume 6 page 558)
2422 Green Silver-lines 06
© Paul Kelly
2422 Green Silver-lines 05
© Will Bown, Jul 2013
2422 Green Silver-lines 04
© Paul Harris
2422 Green Silver-lines 03
© Paul Harris
2422 Green Silver-lines 02
© Tom Morris
2422 Green Silver-lines 01
© Phyl England 27 Jun 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.), beech (Fagus sylvatica), hazel (Corylus avellana) and birch (Betulae spp.), less frequently on other deciduous tree species. In Dorset, the moth is more widespread than the Scarce Silver-lines2421, due to the greater availability of food sources, and is usually at low density wherever there are deciduous trees. It rises to frequent in the old oak and birch woods that still remain a feature of the landscape in the north-east of the county. The following record refers to a second brood example trapped at the end of a hot summer: Milton on Stour, on 11 September 2006 (J Burge).

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