Species Account

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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, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-17mm.

Foodplant: Grasses, sedges and rushes.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records14667134612595377
Number of individuals365614341210170491548
Unique positions7814114832591
Unique locations8113414332388
Adult records14416864062528352
Immature records03125

For the county, we have a total of 5612 records from 769 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.254 Antler Moth 09 female and ova
© Terry Box, 7 Aug 2020
73.254 Antler Moth 07
© Terry Box
73.254 Antler moth 08
© John Gardner
73.254 Antler Moth 06
© Andy Nunn
73.254 Antler Moth 05
© Nancy Stedman
73.254 Antler Moth 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
73.254 Antler Moth 03
© Paul Kipling, 23 Jul 2011
73.254 Antler Moth 02
© Martyn Priestley
73.254 Antler Moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A species of rough grassland. Often plentiful on high ground but also widely recorded in lower areas. Generally common in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common in all upland areas. Sometimes it can be quite abundant eg 248 in grassland near Malham Tarn on 30.7.2011. Not uncommon in lowland areas but not recorded in such big numbers.

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