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False Mocha
Cyclophora porata

(Linnaeus, 1767) 1679 / 70.035

Davey, P., 2009: A local double-brooded species restricted to southern England and south Wales, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, old records exist of from several localities on sandy soil. The False Mocha, like the Orange Upperwing2257, appears to favour coppiced oak and the stunted shrubby oaks that grow on open heathland. Both of these habitats have disappeared, oak coppicing has all but died out, and the coniferisation of heathland has removed much of the stunted oak that... Read More

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Recorded in 4 (10%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1927.
Last Recorded in 1994.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-14mm.
Flight: May - June, July - August
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak, Sessile Oak
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
26/07/199419SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
03/06/195519SZ09 Poole
06/09/195119SZ07 Swanage
20/08/195019SZ07 Swanage
02/09/194519SZ07 Swanage

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