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Early Moth
Theria primaria

(Haworth, 1809) 1960 / 70.282

General comments:
Widespread resident.

The Early Moth is far more common and widespread than many people realise. It is only weakly attracted to mv light, but is frequent at porch lights, in lit telephone boxes and at other tungsten-filament sources of light. It is easily found by torchlight at dusk along hedges containing Blackthorn and/or hawthorn. The patchy distribution reflects a degree of under-recording because the moth flies so early in the year. In years when the flight times overlap, care must be taken not to confuse Early Moth with late-flyijng Winter Moths.

Recorded in 28 (68%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/02/2024120TL22 - Stevenage
01/02/2024321TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
31/01/2024121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
30/01/2024121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
28/01/2024220TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation Jan-Feb.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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