Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Migrant

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Oct, (recorded all months)

Forewing: 15-25mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831953184618831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3084264147344178
Number of individuals4816260115399210
Unique positions98426110620
Unique locations105426311019
Adult records3064250120317173
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 4017 records from 339 sites. First recorded in 1846.


73.327 Dark Sword-grass 07
© Lee Wiseman
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 06
© Nick Lawman
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 05
© Andy Nunn
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 04
© Paul Holmes
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 03
© Paul Holmes
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 02
© Ian Andrews
73.327 Dark Sword-grass 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This annual immigrant distributes itself widely but quite thinly over all five vice-counties. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is most frequent near the coast.

2012 (CHF): One of our commoner migrant moths which turns up all over the county but most commonly in VC61. The biggest numbers were in 2006 when we had 400 records.

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