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Small Purple-barred
Phytometra viridaria

(Clerck, 1759) 2470 / 72.067

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in south-east England, more local elsewhere, the larva feeding on the flowers of common milkwort (Polygala vulgaris) and possibly lousewort (Pedicularis sylvatica). In Dorset, the moth occupies three biotypes. It is locally abundant on dry unimproved short-turf grassland on chalky soil - in these situations the foodplants are common milkwort and chalk milkwort (Polygala calcarea). It is locally frequent on sandy soil where heath milkwort (Polygala... Read More

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Recorded in 24 (60%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 9-11mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Common and Heath Milkwort
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
25/07/201919SY98 Wareham
24/07/201919SY98 Wareham
23/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
23/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
23/07/2019+9SY89 Bere Regis

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