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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 10-11mm.

Foodplant: Only recently described, the moss Mnium hornum.

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 recorded190619981906
Year last recorded200920042009
Number of records38586
Number of individuals767166
Unique positions33474
Unique locations30366
Adult records33474
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 86 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1906.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local deciduous woodland and moorland species in England, the larval foodplant until recently was unknown. R Heckford and Dr P Sterling managed to rear it from the New Forest from the moss Mnium hornum. In Dorset, the moth is very local and restricted to deciduous woodland and damp heathland. The national norm is for a single brood in July, but in Dorset an extended emergence period is evident from records that span mid-June to mid-September.

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