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Dusky Sallow
Eremobia ochroleuca

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2352 / 73.120

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to south-east Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers and seeds of common couch (Elytrigia repens) and cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata). In Dorset, the moth seems to be increasing in unimproved grassland habitat generally following lean times more than fifty years ago. It is locally common along the coast and locally abundant on chalky soils inland. In such places, it is a highly visible species during the day as it rests on the flower heads of knapweed... Read More

Recorded in 35 (88%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-16mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth
11/08/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth
03/08/201929SY88 Wool / Lulworth
03/08/201919SY78 Broadmayne
03/08/201929SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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