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Feathered Gothic
Tholera decimalis

(Poda, 1761) 2178 / 73.253

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in England, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses notably mat-grass (Nardus stricta), sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina) and annual meadow grass (Poa annua). In Dorset, the moth is at low density, but locally abundant on unimproved calcareous grassland and frequent on dry heaths. Given these preferred habitats, sheep's fecscue (Festuca ovina), fine-leaved sheep's fescue (Festuca filiformis) and tufted hair-grass are likely food sources.

Recorded in 34 (85%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-22mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
07/10/201919SY98 Wareham
20/09/201919SY98 Wareham
17/09/201959SY49 Bridport
16/09/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
11/09/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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