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Large Ranunculus
Polymixis flavicincta
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Feathered Ranunculus
Polymixis lichenea

(Hübner, 1813) 2255 / 73.235

Davey, P., 2009: A species confined to and frequent along the coasts of England and Wales, but local along the eastern seaboard, the larva is polyphagous on herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is abundant in undercliff habitat on Purbeck and on Portland. A total of nearly one thousand moths was trapped in Swanage town by Rees Cox in the 1997 season alone. Elsewhere, the moth is at low density on sandy coasts including Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour, but becomes increasingly scarce... Read More

Recorded in 28 (70%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: August - October
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
24/11/201919SY98 Wareham
20/11/201919SY98 Wareham
06/11/201959SY98 Wareham
05/11/201919SZ07 Swanage
05/11/201919SY98 Wareham

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