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Portland Moth
Actebia praecox

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2099 / 73.308

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species confined to sandy coasts in Britain, the larva feeding nocturnally on creeping willow (Salix repens) and on sand dune plants, and then hiding in a burrow in the sand by day. In Europe, the moth also inhabits gravelly river shingle. The name of the moth was coined following the capture of a specimen by the Duchess of Portland, indeed, historically, a colony existed on Chesil Beach and it is possible that the original moth hailed from this colony.... Read More

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Recorded in 3 (8%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2016.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Creeping Willow
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
31/08/201619SY66 Portland Bill
31/08/201619SY66 Portland Bill
01/08/199519SY66 Portland Bill
01/09/199119SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
18/08/199019SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks

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