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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 17-22mm.

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 recorded1955200719831955
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records13132942818
Number of individuals204141884466
Unique positions218111460
Unique locations158110338
Adult records12252942642
Immature records2004

For the region, we have a total of 2818 records from 338 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2008 Coxcomb Prominent 05
© Will Bown
2008 Coxcomb Prominent 04 larva
© Richard Lambert
2008 Coxcomb Prominent 03 larva
© Jenny Seawright
2008 Coxcomb Prominent 02
© Tom Morris
2008 Coxcomb Prominent 01
© Terry Box, 23 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species that occurs widely across Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of deciduous trees. In Dorset, the moth is a widespread species and ranges from frequent in deciduous woodland, particularly alder and birch woodland, to rare in open, tree-less habitat. It appears to be at a marginally lower density than the other regular, deciduous-woodland Prominent species.

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