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Antler Moth
Cerapteryx graminis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2176 / 73.254

Davey, P., 2009: Widespread in Britain, occasionally reaching plague proportions on acid uplands, the larva feeding on hard-bladed grasses such as mat-grass (Nardus stricta), purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) and fescues (Festuca spp.). In Dorset, the moth is now seldom recorded. The few records suggest low-density colonies on short-turf chalky soil where sheep's fecscue (Festuca ovina) abounds, and on dry heaths where disturbance has created conditions suitable for fine-leaved sheep's... Read More

Recorded in 27 (68%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-17mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Grasses, sedges and rushes
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/201919SY98 Wareham
27/08/201919SY98 Wareham
20/08/201929SY98 Wareham
20/08/201919SY98 Wareham
20/08/201919SY98 Wareham

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