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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-Jul.

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded192919941929
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records581701302
Number of individuals1819843806
Unique positions25815546
Unique locations19615422
Adult records566671266
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1302 records from 422 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1929.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England and Wales, the larva is polyphagous mainly on herbaceous plants, including woundworts (Stachys spp.), nettle (Urtica dioica), ivy (Hedera helix) and dog’s mercury (Mercurialis perennis). In Dorset, the moth is widespread, and common locally in deciduous woodland, particularly on chalky soils, but largely absent from open habitat on sandy soils across the Poole Basin.

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