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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Oct-Jan.

Forewing: 18-25mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18051883184618831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records289438758967233
Number of individuals34699323842198346
Unique positions655010213822
Unique locations675110114022
Adult records268412695902224
Immature records4325200

For the county, we have a total of 2685 records from 381 sites. First recorded in 1805.


70.265 Mottled Umber 08
© Damian Money
70.265 Mottled Umber 07 larva
© Andy Nunn
70.265 Mottled Umber 06
© Andy Nunn
70.265 Mottled Umber 05
© Andy Nunn
70.265 Mottled Umber 04 larva on Elm
© Dave Shenton
70.265 Mottled Umber 02
© Charles Fletcher, 10 Dec 2005
70.265 Mottled Umber 03 larva
© Charles Fletcher, 9 May 2002
70.265 Mottled Umber 01 female
© Charlie Streets, 3 Nov 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are scattered records from all five vice-counties for this species and it is generally frequent or common.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the county particularly in woodland where the larvae are common on a wide variety of trees and shrubs.

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