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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Various grasses including Sheep's Fescue.

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 recorded18911891
Year last recorded19671967
Number of records612
Number of individuals00
Unique positions510
Unique locations612
Adult records00
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 12 records from 12 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1891.


1321 Thisanotia chrysonuchella 01
© Martin Cade,

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species of the chalk downs and coastal sandhills in southern England, the larva feeding on the stem bases of grasses (Poaceae), including sheep’s fescue (Festuca ovina). In Dorset, this species used to occur very locally on unimproved grassland on chalky soils, but there have been no records since before the middle of the last century: Badbury Rings, Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill, (W Parkinson Curtis), Gussage St Michael, (Dr J Wood), Cranborne, (Reverend F Fisher).

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