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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Jul-Sep, (Sep-Nov).

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Docks, Common Orache, Common Sorrel.

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 recorded19052004200819701905
Year last recorded20112004200820112011
Number of records2876111286012
Number of individuals4715111409714
Unique positions2671116570
Unique locations2101116456
Adult records2712111255678
Immature records00000

For the region, we have a total of 6012 records from 456 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1682 Blood-vein 04 larva
© Jack Oughton
1682 Blood-vein 03
© Les Hill
1682 Blood-vein 02
© Tom Morris
1682 Blood-vein 01
© Terry Box

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern England, more local further north, the larva feeding on dock and sorrel (Rumex spp.), knotgrass (Polygonum spp.) and orache (Atriplex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and most common in damp situations, particularly river courses where clustered dock (Rumex conglomeratus) is frequent; it is least common on dry heathland. The flight time covers more than four months and two main overlapping broods are suggested by the records, with a small partial third brood from mid-September. The period between each theoretical brood peak is forty-five days.

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