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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831904184718831983
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records114427229928637
Number of individuals133230834047744
Unique positions6834738611
Unique locations723478839
Adult records112826327326637
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 2038 records from 276 sites. First recorded in 1847.


73.159 Small Clouded Brindle 02
© Andy Nunn
73.159 Small Clouded Brindle 04
© Tony Moverley, 3 Jun 2018
73.159 Small Clouded Brindle 03
© Nancy Stedman
73.159 Small Clouded Brindle 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded quite widely in vice-counties 61 to 64. There seems to be no reason why it should not occur similarly in VC65 if searched for, although it is rare in the west of VC66 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986). In VC61 and east VC62 it is reported to often be common, especially as larvae, on low, damp ground (PQW).

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC65. High Batts, 6.7.1983 (SPW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Fairly widespread across the county, usually in damp grassy places. The biggest numbers come from VC61. This moth looks very like some forms of Common/Lesser Common Rustic but flies much earlier. A fresh "Common Rustic" in June is likely to be Small Clouded Brindle and conversely a fresh "Small Clouded Brindle" in August is likely to be Common/Lesser Common Rustic.

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