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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Clovers and vetches.

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 recorded1959200719831959
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records41123832
Number of individuals1058512128
Unique positions14523300
Unique locations10413216
Adult records37122750
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 832 records from 216 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeds on clovers (Trifolium spp.) and vetches (Vicia spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread, and ranges from virtually absent on acid soil, to abundant on unimproved damp grassland on chalky or neutral soil.

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