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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: May-Jul.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Variou mosses.

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 recorded193319951933
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records6231881622
Number of individuals24034815768
Unique positions31538706
Unique locations21416460
Adult records5981851566
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1622 records from 460 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.


1334 Scoparia ambigualis 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species throughout Britain, the larval foodplant is unknown. In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant in woodland and in plantations. The moth also appears to colonise damp heathland and mire habitat, and is particularly common in situations where Sphagnum grows along the furrows between the serried ranks of plantation conifers. The national norm is for a single brood in May and June, but in Dorset, many moths also appear during July. Given the lack of sufficient nutrient in mosses to sustain two generations a year, the moth is probably single brooded with an extended emergence period. The following very late date is noteworthy and coincided with migrant-bearing southerly airflow from the continent: Puddletown, at MV light on 29 October 2001 (H Wood Homer).

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