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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 12-17mm.

Foodplant: 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 recorded195620021956
Year last recorded201120022011
Number of records1731348
Number of individuals3071616
Unique positions531108
Unique locations48198
Adult records1681338
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 348 records from 98 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1956.


1647 Barred Hook-tip 03
© Will Bown, Sep 2014
1647 Barred Hook-tip 02
© Paul Harris
1647 Barred Hook-tip 01
© Terry Box, 25 Jul 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern Britain, the larva feeding on beech (Fagus sylvatica). The least common 'Hook-tip' in Dorset, but found commonly enough in beech plantation and deciduous woodland containing mature beech. The moth has been observed flying during the daytime in sunshine close to its habitat, for example, at the edge of beech plantation at Melbury Wood in the middle of the afternoon on 11 May 2002 (P Davey). The following records refer to likely third generation individuals: Puddletown, at MV on 30 September 2000 (H Wood Homer), Stubhampton Bottom, at MV on 22 September 1995 (P Davey). The following moth was trapped well away from potential habitat, at a time when the airflow was offshore, light and from the north-east: Portland, at MV light on 3 September 1996 (M Cade).

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