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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Sorbus spp.

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 recorded187019941870
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records15514338
Number of individuals3237660
Unique positions605130
Unique locations505110
Adult records14514318
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 338 records from 110 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1870.


1440 Trachycera marmorea 02
© Jack Oughton
1440 Trachycera marmorea 01
© Martin Cade, 25 Jun 2010

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species across England and Wales, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is local and confined mainly to blackthorn along the coastal belt ‘where larvae prefer stunted blackthorn bushes’ (Dr P Sterling) and to blackthorn scrub inland on chalky soil at sites such as Badbury Rings and Bottlebush Down, and on neutral soil at sites such as Rooksmoor and Povington Wood, where the moth is locally abundant among the densest thickets.

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