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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Late Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Leaf-litter.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19971859188320031883
Year last recorded20142013201420132010
Number of records920103213
Number of individuals752144283
Unique positions71762183
Unique locations71657163
Adult records918100212
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 156 records from 99 sites. First recorded in 1859.


0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella 02
© Andy Nunn
0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 13 May 2005

Species Account

Similar species: 0140 Nematopogon swammerdamella.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common, mainly in woodland, throughout all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): Common and widespread in woodland across the county where it is often disturbed in the daytime but also comes to light. All of the Nematopogon species are similar in appearance but swammerdamella is easily recognised by its larger size.

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