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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Jan-mid Apr.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn.

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 recorded195619961956
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records4824972
Number of individuals84941706
Unique positions573120
Unique locations553116
Adult records3824772
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 972 records from 116 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


1960 Early Moth 03
© Paul Harris
1960 Early Moth 02
© Dave Foot
1960 Early Moth 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout England and Wales, but more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and hawthorn (Crateagus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is frequent amongst blackthorn and hawthorn scrub, thickets and hedgerows, and deciduous woodland edges; it is largely absent from heathland.

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