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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 13-18mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak. Sessile Oak and Turkey Oak.

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 recorded190519831905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records902681940
Number of individuals1573903326
Unique positions19614420
Unique locations14514318
Adult records853671840
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1940 records from 318 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1646 Oak Hook-tip 02
© Julian Francis
1646 Oak Hook-tip 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England and Wales, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp). In Dorset, the moth occurs wherever old oaks grow in parks, hedgerows, fields and woods. The moth tends to be absent from coastal localities due to the lack of deciduous oak trees, but it is common at Durlston where it probably feeds on the dominant tree there, evergreen oak (Quercus ilex), a species that is resistant to salt spray. The peak of the second brood is on average, three times larger than that of the first brood. The following moths suggest an occasional partial third brood: Arne Wood, at MV on 19 September 1977 (B Pickess), Gaunts Common, at MV on 21 September 1989, eleven between 14 September 1992 and 20 September 1992, 1 October 1994, 19 September 1998 (P Davey).

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