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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Uncommon and local coastal resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul.

Forewing: 10-14mm.

Foodplant: Sandy grasses, such as Marram.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded194818591988
Year last recorded201420082003
Number of records72643
Number of individuals177813
Unique positions1522
Unique locations1822
Adult records72643
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 733 records from 22 sites. First recorded in 1859.


1432 Anerastia lotella 02
© John William Cooper
1432 Anerastia lotella 01
© John William Cooper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local on the coast. A recent inland record is of interest, the only other inland records are from the Breck sands of Norfolk and Suffolk (Goater, 1986).

Argus 47, 2001-04: A characteristic moth of coastal sand dunes that is common in the Spurn area. The following is the third inland record in the past twelve years, these inland moths are much smaller than coastal ones.
VC63. Hatfield Moors, 4.7.2003 (HEB).

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