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Northern Drab
Orthosia opima

(Hübner, 1809) 2184 / 73.248

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, and rare in Scotland, the polyphagous larva feeding on various herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset the moth is local and at low density; it is most often encountered on calcareous clay and chalky soils in the north-eastern quadrant of the county where blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) are dominant plants in scrub or unmaintained hedgerow.

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Recorded in 19 (48%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1952.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-17mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
30/04/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
20/04/201819SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
20/04/201719SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
30/03/201719SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
22/04/201519ST60 Cerne Abbas

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