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Ghost Moth
Hepialus humuli

(Linnaeus, 1758) 14 / 3.005

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in the British Isles, the larva feeding on the roots of grasses and other plants that include nettle (Urtica spp.), burdock (Arctium spp.), dandelion (Taraxacum spp.) and dock (Rumex spp.). In Dorset, the moth ranges from common on some unimproved alkaline grasslands, to local on sandy soils "further east; it is virtually absent from heathland. The species has not constituted an agricultural pest, but prior to the widespread use of pesticides in agriculture... Read More

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 21-29mm. F 21-35mm.
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Grasses, Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
22/07/201919SY89 Bere Regis
22/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
18/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
17/07/201919SY49 Bridport
15/07/201919SY79 Puddletown

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