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Cloaked Minor
Mesoligia furuncula

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2341 / 73.172

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring most frequently in south-eastern Britain, but rare in northern Britain, the larva feeding on the inner stems of various grasses including tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), tufted hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and false oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius). In Dorset, the moth occurs in a variety of different habitats. It is common on unimproved grassland on clay soils and chalk downland, and locally abundant on coastal undercliff; in these situations,... Read More

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Grasses
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
11/09/201949SY67 Portland / Weymouth
30/08/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
26/08/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
25/08/201939SY87 Lulworth coast
24/08/201919SY39 Lyme Regis

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