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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 24-33mm.

Foodplant: Birch and Alder, Oak, Beech.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records739431564
Number of individuals14151213072
Unique positions2148444
Unique locations1547322
Adult records691421466
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1564 records from 322 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1999 Lobster Moth 05
© Julian Francis
1999 Lobster Moth 04 larva
© Les Hill
1999 Lobster Moth 03
© Tom Morris
1999 Lobster Moth 02
© Will Bown 17 July 2012
1999 Lobster Moth 01
© Terry Box, 14 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in southern districts of England and Wales, the larva feeding on beech (Fagus sylvatica), oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betulae spp.) and hazel (Corylus avellana). In Dorset, the moth is common in woodland where its host plants abound, but becomes more rare the further one travels away from deciduous tree habitat. The bizarre larva has very occasionally been located in the county. The following record refers to an example found on holm oak (Quercus ilex): Durlston, final instar larva on 16 September 2006 (P Davey).

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