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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry and Bearberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188218832013
Year last recorded2005200319772013
Number of records3541
Number of individuals1451
Unique positions2521
Unique locations2521
Adult records1131
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 13 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1882.


49.153 Apotomis sauciana 01
© Charles Fletcher

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often common in moorland localities where there is a good growth of bilberry and widely recorded in vice-counties 62 to 65. Unrecorded in VC61.

2013 (CHF): Although previously described as "often common", there have been very few recent records of this moth. The larvae spin the terminal shoots of bilberry loosely together and live within, eating the tips of the leaves and the adult is said to fly freely in the afternoon and evening on warm days. A search in suitable habitat might produce more records.

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