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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckles.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records25343245716
Number of individuals779099117562
Unique positions20512434
Unique locations16012344
Adult records24023195442
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 5716 records from 344 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


2243 Early Grey 05
© Julian Francis
2243 Early Grey 04
© Gillian Nash, 24 March 2018
2243 Early Grey 03
© Gillian Nash, 1 April 2016
2243 Early Grey 02
© Tom Morris
2243 Early Grey 01
© Phyl England 22 Mar 2009

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequent, rising to common along woodland edges, hedge banks and among scrub on undercliffs. Very early examples include the following light trap records: Preston, on 8 December 2004 (R Lambert), Gaunts Common, 30 November 1994 (P Davey).

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