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Small Dotted Buff
Photedes minima

(Haworth, 1809) 2345 / 73.147

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across much of Britain, the larva feeding on the inner parts of tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa). In Dorset, the moth is abundant in old grassland on ill-drained clay soil in the Blackmoor Vale. It is frequent in marsh and in open woodland on clay soils, and on dry unimproved grassland. There are very few records from heathland blocks within the Poole Basin

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-14mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Tufted Hair-grass
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
25/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
24/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
23/07/2019+9SY89 Bere Regis
21/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
19/07/201919ST72 Stour Provost

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