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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant/Adventive

Local Status: Recent adventive, possible migrant?

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13mm.

Foodplant: Common Reed.

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 recorded20012001
Year last recorded20032003
Number of records24
Number of individuals12
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records24
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2001.


1374a Sclerocona acutellus 02
© Will Bown, 13 July 2013
1374a Sclerocona acutellus 01
© Will Bown, 3rd July 2013

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: First recorded in Britain in Hampshire in 1988, subsequently in Surrey in 1989, and then in Oxfordshire in 1995. In 1999, three more were found in a single locality in Devon, and subsequent research revealed common reed (Phragmites australis) in the form of new thatch recently imported from Hungary as a likely source for the moths (Butter, 1999, Atropos#8: pp11, 12).

There are two light trap records of the moth in Dorset, coincident with notable immigrations from central or northern Europe being transported to the UK by very warm south-easterly airflows: Milton-on-Stour, on 26 June 2001 (J Burge) – see also account of the Rosy Marbled2396, Walditch, on 14 July 2003 (M Parsons).

Hill, L., 2014: Recent new site records include Briantspuddle on 26 June 2012 (J McMillan); Tolpuddle on 7 July 2013 (J Francis) and Shaggs on 17 June 2014 (L Hill).

Last updated: 19 June 2014


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