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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Wood Sage.

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 recorded20112011
Number of records92184
Number of individuals331662
Unique positions76152
Unique locations60120
Adult records86172
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 184 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1888.


1909 Speckled Yellow 02
© Jack Oughton
1909 Speckled Yellow 01
© Martin Cade, 27 May 2011

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across southern Britain, but more local further north, the larva feeding on wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia), dead nettle (Lamium spp.), woundwort (Stachys spp.) and yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon). In Dorset, this striking day-flying moth is common very locally, its distribution coinciding with wood sage, a plant that grows along woodland rides and within unimproved grassland on sandy soil and chalky soil. Colonies of the moth also flourish along coastal cliffs where wood sage tolerates salt spray. There are several instances of the moth flying at night when it has been attracted to light traps.

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