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Bird's Wing
Dypterygia scabriuscula

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2301 / 73.105

General comments:
Resident. Widespread but local in the south, but scarce in the north.

The distribution map shows that the moth is far less frequently encountered in the north of Hertfordshire than it is in the south and/or Middlesex. This reflects the observed preference of the moth for woodland habitat, but rather contradicts the fact that the larvae feed on "docks and sorrels" which, typically, are plants of more open sites. More likely, this moth is a feature of 'edge habitats' such as woodland rides, clearings and margins where the plants may be expected to grow. If so, this moth may be a useful indicator of quality in these difficult to define habitats.

Recorded in 29 (71%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/07/2023121TQ17 - Brentford / Hounslow / Richmond
13/07/2023120TL31 - Hertford
08/07/2023120TL10 - St Albans
08/07/2023120TL10 - St Albans
08/07/2023121TQ17 - Brentford / Hounslow / Richmond
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Forewing: 16mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Docks, Sorrel, Knotgras
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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