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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 17-20mm.

Foodplant: Common Nettle, Dog's Mercury and Oxlip.

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Record breakdown:

Year first recorded19471947
Year last recorded19471947
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1947.


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Species Account

Similar species: 2127 Triple-spotted Clay and 2128 Double Square-spot.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A woodland species mainly restricted to southern Britain where it has undergone a dramatic decline in recent years, the larval foodplant is unknown but is assumed to be various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees the following spring. The moth is fond of nectaring on the flowers of burdock and ragwort. In Dorset, the moth has suffered a similar fate to that of the Triple-spotted Clay2127, and is probably long extinct. The few moths that were observed tended to be seen within or close to old deciduous woodland containing good stocks of mature birch, and the destruction of so much of this old woodland seems inevitably to have taken its toll. Localities worth searching include what is left of the mature birch in the Yellowham Wood - Thornecombe Wood complex, Stubhampton Bottom and Scrubbity Barrows. The species has not been seen in the county for nearly fifty years, and in the absence of recent records, no recommendations are proposed. The moth is similar to both Triple-spotted Clay2127 and Double Square-spot2128.

Diagnostics include: a wide pale band along the edge of the wing contrasting with an adjacent dark band, the interface between the two forming an irregular line between the base and the costal edge of the forewing; absence of a black mark near the apex of the forewing.


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