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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Local

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 17-21mm.

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 recorded195519821955
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records479361030
Number of individuals11122242672
Unique positions43698
Unique locations36582
Adult records477361026
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1030 records from 82 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


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Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees during the following spring. In Dorset, the moth occurs at low density in deciduous woodland within the birch/heather terrain on sandy soils, but it is rare or absent away from sandy soils. A potential second brood example follows: Hengistbury Head, at MV light on 25 October 2000 (M Jeffes).

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