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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants including Bramble.

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 recorded182220051822
Year last recorded201020072010
Number of records935196
Number of individuals1188252
Unique positions693144
Unique locations623130
Adult records765162
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 196 records from 130 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1822.


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© Gordon Hopkins

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva is polyphagous on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is common locally within tall grassland on chalky soils where it may easily be disturbed from downland plants such as greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa). Elsewhere, it is very local in damp woodland such as Melbury Park, Bracket's Coppice, Bere Wood and Arne Wood, and fen habitat at Crossways.

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