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Light Feathered Rustic
Agrotis cinerea

[Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775 2084 / 73.316

Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern Britain and found most frequently in south-east England, the larva feeding on wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus). In Dorset, the moth is common very locally in unimproved short-turf grassland habitat on chalky soil inland, along the Purbeck coast and on Portland. Colonies have declined since the Second World War due to the loss of unimproved short-turf calcareous grassland following changes in farming methods plus the crash in rabbit... 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: 13-17mm
Flight: One or two generations. May - June
Foodplant:   Wild Thyme, other low-growing plants
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
13/05/201929SY97 Purbeck coast
07/06/2018+9SY58 Abbotsbury
29/05/201819SZ07 Swanage
23/05/2018+9SY58 Abbotsbury
08/05/201719SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks

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