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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, May-Jul.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Aspen and other Poplars.

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 recorded190519851905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records505801170
Number of individuals6461161524
Unique positions15414336
Unique locations12312270
Adult records463781082
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1170 records from 270 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


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© Gillian Nash, May 2017
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© Debra Saunders
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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to England and east Wales, the larva feeding on poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever there is poplar, however, this is not a common tree and consequently the moth is generally at low density. Singletons do frequently turn up at light traps some distance away from their foodplant, and dispersal is suspected for many of these.

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