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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: RDB3

Local Status: Very rare migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Oak and beech.

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 recorded200120012001
Year last recorded200320012003
Number of records216
Number of individuals216
Unique positions216
Unique locations216
Adult records216
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2001.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A rare deciduous woodland species that still occurs in Essex, and was found to be widespread in the Chilterns in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1962, but has not been seen there since the 1980s. Singletons noted elsewhere in south-east England are believed to be migrants. The larva feeds in bunches of withered oak (Quercus spp.) and beech (Fagus sylvatica) leaves that are still attached to fallen twigs; the caterpillar skeletonises the leaves.

In Dorset, the moth has been seen on three occasions all very recently, and all from light traps close to the coast. Immigration was intense on the two occasions (see account of Jubilee Fan-foot2490 also trapped in July 2001) and all three moths are suspected of originating from the Continent: Portland on 15 July 2003 (M Cade), Studland Heath, on 6 July 2001 (C Manley), Hurn, very worn specimen on 18 July 2001 (M Jeffes).

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