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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widely distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

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 recorded188519941885
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records23556582
Number of individuals40570950
Unique positions13113288
Unique locations11310246
Adult records21956550
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 582 records from 246 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1885.


1390 Udea prunalis 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, the larva is polyphagous on plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is widespread but most frequent from deciduous scrub habitat on chalky soils where elder (Sambucus nigra) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) are prevalent. It is least frequent on acid soils, although singletons have been noted from Oakers Wood, Morden Bog, Hartland Moor, Canford Heath and Arne Wood.

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