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Kent Black Arches
Meganola albula ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Nolidae: Nolinae
2076 / 74.002
Photo © Martin Cade,  Portland Bird Observatory - 16 Jun 2009

Similar Dorset Species: None
Forewing: 10-11mm
Flight: One or two generations June - August (August - September)
Foodplant:   Dewberry, Bramble, Raspberry and Strawberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring mainly along the coasts of southern England, and inland in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, the larva feeding on dewberry (Rubus caesius), raspberry (Rubus idaeus) and strawberry (Fragaria spp.). In Dorset, until recently this species was restricted to the coastal fringe among bramble (Rubus fruticosus) and dewberry where it was at low density; it was rarely observed more than five kilometres from the coastal belt. Since 2001, the species has spread across the county and now appears to have colonised calcareous grassland sites and heathland sites containing good stocks of bramble. A partial second brood has been recorded at light traps following warm summers: West Bexington, on 26 September 2003 (R Eden), Portland, on 12 October 1995 (M Cade), Weymouth, 28 September 2001 (Dr P Sterling), Coldharbour, on 9 October 2006 (B Withers), Hurn, on 28 September 1999 (M Jeffes).

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1935.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
05/08/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
02/08/2019+9SY98 - Wareham
01/08/201919SY39 - Lyme Regis
31/07/201919SY98 - Wareham
30/07/201919SY79 - Puddletown
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