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Hypochalcia ahenella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1457 / 62.030

Davey, P., 2009: A local species found mainly in southern England, the larval foodplant is unknown. In Dorset, the moth is restricted to chalky soils where it is at low density, rising to frequent only very locally. Abroad, the foodplants include common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), plus wormwoods and mugworts (Artemesia spp.).

Many of the unimproved grassland localities where the moth is found in Dorset support common rock-rose: Portland, (C Partridge), not uncommon near the... Read More

Additional Stats

Wingspan: c. 25 mm.
Flight: June to August.
Foodplant:   Rock-rose and Wormwood.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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