Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318591880
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records1856301460469128
Number of individuals2761355623765162
Unique positions8742758118
Unique locations8843718517
Adult records1839290430407124
Immature records52210

For the county, we have a total of 3214 records from 304 sites. First recorded in 1859.


72.022 Muslin Moth 05
© Andy Nunn
72.022 Muslin Moth 04 Female
© Dave Shenton
72.022 Muslin Moth 03
© Ian Andrews
72.022 Muslin Moth 02
© Jax Westmoreland, 08 Apr 2012
72.022 Muslin Moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded over all five vice-counties but usually only taken in ones or twos each year at any one locality. An exception to this is at Spurn (VC61) where it varies annually from one or two to quite numerous (BRS pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in small numbers but rare on the higher ground. The largest numbers still occur at Spurn and range and population appear to be stable.

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