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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Aug.

Forewing: 10-15mm.

Foodplant: Ox-tongue and Colt's-foot.

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 recorded188920021889
Year last recorded201020072010
Number of records1966404
Number of individuals2378490
Unique positions955200
Unique locations785166
Adult records1875384
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 404 records from 166 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


1332 Scoparia subfusca 02
© Julian Francis
1332 Scoparia subfusca 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widely distributed and locally common species in Britain, the larva feeding on the roots of ox-tongues (Picris spp.) and colt’s-foot (Tussilago farfara). In Dorset, this moth is encountered in three main biotypes. The first is along the coastal belt in undercliff and in unimproved grassland where bristly oxtongue (Picris echioides) and hawkweed oxtongue (Picris hieracioides) grow, respectively. The second is colt’s-foot rich habitat such as quarries, on verges and disturbed ground, and in unstable clay undercliff habitats. The third is ill-drained clay soil in the north-west of the county where bristly oxtongue grows, such as at Rooksmoor and in Hooke Park. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but in Dorset, an overlapping bivoltine cycle is suspected, with moths being observed well into September. This is our largest Scoparia species.

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