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(Linnaeus, 1758) 163 / 54.002

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in the British Isles, the larva initially mining the leaves of common sorrel (Rumex acetosa) and then feeding on the outer surface of the plant's lower leaves. In Dorset, the moth is local, frequenting unimproved grassland on calcareous and neutral soils. On optimum sites it can be abundant and in such places may be observed visiting flowers such as knapweed (Centaurea spp.) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis).

Recorded in 13 (33%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1889.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 12-15mm. F 11-13mm
Flight: May - July. Day-flier
Foodplant:   Common and Sheeps Sorrel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth
24/06/201919SY58 Abbotsbury
21/06/201919ST60 Cerne Abbas
21/06/201929ST60 Cerne Abbas
27/05/201919SU01 Cranborne

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