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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 16-21mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous and woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041930188318831969
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records14521505491906145
Number of individuals227144248762094249
Unique positions1167311612912
Unique locations1206711613210
Adult records14101461429865144
Immature records60610

For the county, we have a total of 4499 records from 445 sites. First recorded in 1883.


73.270 Dot Moth 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
73.270 Dot Moth 03
© Paul Holmes, Jun 2009
73.270 Dot Moth 02
© Andy Nunn
73.270 Dot Moth 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Another species associated with low ground and human habitation. Recorded from all five vice-counties, most commonly in vice-counties 63 and 64 in sites where gardens and waste areas abound. In VC61 the larvae are often found on greater bindweed and nettle in such areas. This species is most common in the South and centre of England and is quite sparse towards the north of the County (Lorimer, map 153 in MBGBI 9).

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across lowland areas of the county and uncommon in the north west. Numbers are stable.

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