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Purple Clay
Diarsia brunnea

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2122 / 73.332

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various herbaceous plants before hibernation and the young foliage of shrubs and trees during the spring. In Dorset, the moth is at low density and barely frequent in deciduous woodland, but rare elsewhere. This contrasts markedly with: "the insect is by no means local especially in deciduous woodland, saving that it does not favour heathland nor cultivated land, and is common where it occurs." and "many hundreds seen at... Read More

Recorded in 35 (88%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-20mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
14/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
07/07/201919SY78 Broadmayne
06/07/201919SY78 Broadmayne
04/07/2019+9SY39 Lyme Regis
28/06/2019+9SY39 Lyme Regis

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