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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation Mar-mid May.

Forewing: 13-18mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, birches, Alder and Honeysuckle.

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 recorded1955200719841955
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records360170862
Number of individuals110261902596
Unique positions127111278
Unique locations97111218
Adult records338169816
Immature records80118

For the region, we have a total of 862 records from 218 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1881 Early Tooth-striped 05
© Julian Francis
1881 Early Tooth-striped 04
© Julian Francis
1881 Early Tooth-striped 03
© Paul Harris
1881 Early Tooth-striped 02
© Chris Manley, 19 Apr 2006
1881 Early Tooth-striped 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), alder (Alnus spp.) and honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common amongst the birch/heather terrain on sandy soil, mature birch growing in woodland on chalky soil in north-east Dorset, and in the valley swamps of Powerstock Common where alder is dominant. The moth is seldom encountered well away from these core heathland and wetland habitat types.

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