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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Local

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records808631742
Number of individuals1486693110
Unique positions14411310
Unique locations11212248
Adult records768621660
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1742 records from 248 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1689 Mullein Wave 06
© Julian Francis
1689 Mullein Wave 05
© Julian Francis, 15 September 2018
1689 Mullein Wave 07
© Martin Raper
1689 Mullein Wave 04
© Julian Francis
1689 Mullein Wave 03
© Dave Foot
1689 Mullein Wave 02
© Tom Morris
1689 Mullein Wave 01
© Terry Box, 10 Jul 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A double-brooded species restricted to southern and western coasts of Britain, the larva feeding on yarrow (Achillea millefolium), plantain (Plantago spp.), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), knotgrass (Polygonum spp.) and other herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common in coastal unimproved grassland and on disturbed ground, particularly where yarrow grows. The species also colonises unimproved grassland on chalky soils inland in the south of the county, notably on the Purbeck Ridge and also around Dorchester. Thirty individuals from Trigon near Wareham over an eight-year period suggest colonisation of sandy soils; the species colonises sandy localities on the Continent too. The peak of the second brood is on average, twice as large as the first brood.

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