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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 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 7-8mm.

Foodplant: Leaf-litter and detritus.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19911859188319721883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records3751554225
Number of individuals4267637032
Unique positions93036214
Unique locations83235214
Adult records3749534124
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 210 records from 100 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0141 Nematopogon schwarziellus 01
© Charles Fletcher, 29 May 2001

Species Account

Similar species: 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and very common, even in open habitats, throughout all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): Widespread and common throughout the county in a variety of habitats and more likely to be found in open habitats and gardens than the similar but much larger Nematopogon swammerdamella. Like other members of the genus it can be disturbed in the daytime and also comes to light.

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