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March Moth
Alsophila aescularia

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1663 / 70.245

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in England and Wales, less common in Scotland, the larva feeding on many deciduous tree and shrub species, including oak (Quercus spp.), birch (Betula spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). The female is wingless. In Dorset, the moth is one of the first species to emerge in the year. It is common in deciduous woods and amongst scrub, but absent from open coastal areas, for example, Portland. Singletons are occasionally noted elsewhere.

Recorded in 35 (88%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: February - April
Foodplant:   Oaks, Hawthorn, Blackthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
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
16/04/2019+9SY98 Wareham
09/04/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth
08/04/201919SY58 Abbotsbury
08/04/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth
06/04/201919SY39 Lyme Regis

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