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Early Grey
Xylocampa areola

(Esper, 1789) 2243 / 73.069

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in southern Britain, more local further north, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.). In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequent, rising to common along woodland edges, hedge banks and among scrub on undercliffs. Very early examples include the following light trap records: Preston, on 8 December 2004 (R Lambert), Gaunts Common, 30 November 1994 (P Davey).

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: March - May
Foodplant:   Honeysuckle
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
04/05/201919ST61 Sherborne
30/04/201929SY49 Bridport
30/04/201919ST90 Spetisbury
30/04/201929ST40 Beaminster
30/04/201919ST61 Sherborne

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