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Drab Looper
Minoa murinata

(Scopoli, 1763) 1878 / 70.117

Davey, P., 2009: A local species limited to southern Britain, the larva feeding on wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides). In Dorset, this day-flying woodland species is now restricted to a handful of woods on chalky soil in the north-east of the county. In these sites wood spurge is common to abundant, but similar woods on calcareous clay soils containing good stocks of the foodplant have so far failed to yield the moth. It is noticeable that many of these latter woods are less open,... Read More

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (18%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1973.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 9-11mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Wood Spurge
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
15/05/201919ST91 Tarrant Gunville
15/05/201919SU01 Cranborne
15/05/201919ST91 Tarrant Gunville
15/05/201919SU01 Cranborne
22/05/201829SU01 Cranborne

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