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Tawny Shears
Hadena perplexa

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2167 / 73.286

Davey, P., 2009: A coastal and chalky soil species in England and Wales, the larva feeding on the ripening seeds of various white campions (Silene spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at low density on the coast where it is associated with sea campion (Silene uniflora) and nottingham catchfly (Silene nutans). The Tawny Shears has undergone a dramatic decline inland due to the loss of unimproved grassland on chalky soils due to the changes in farming methods. All inland records are... Read More

Recorded in 28 (70%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Campions
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
11/09/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth
30/08/201919SY78 Broadmayne
07/08/2019+9SY58 Abbotsbury
07/08/201919SY78 Broadmayne
10/07/201919SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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