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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 17-19mm.

Foodplant: Hazel, Downy and Silver Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883184618831883
Year last recorded19042014195520132014
Number of records1104103610
Number of individuals0812439
Unique positions1548265
Unique locations15310234
Adult records1949299
Immature records01000

For the county, we have a total of 161 records from 91 sites. First recorded in 1846.


70.223 Barred Umber 02
© Ian Marshall, 22 May 2010
70.223 Barred Umber 01
© Charles Fletcher, 11 Jun 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very local, but thinly distributed in deciduous woodland over much of the County. Occasionally seen during the day, it has been observed alighting on the ground where it is well camouflaged amongst the dead leaves from the previous autumn (PQW pers. comm.).

2012 (CHF): This is very much a moth of broad-leaved woodland on the edges of the uplands in the north of the county - well seen on the relief map. Quite local and only reported in small numbers. There are no recent records from the southern half of the county

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