Species Account for Ematurga atomaria
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Taxonomic group: larger moths (Lepidoptera: macromoths) - County data
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Essex RDB: Listed
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Essex Red Data List comment
There may only be left on one or two sites in the county now.
Historically local, this day-flying moth is rare in Essex. It is no longer found on the Danbury Ridge or other heathland sites in the county except for Sunshine Plain (South), Epping Forest over an area of about 3 acres. The last records for adjacent areas were Sunshine Plain (North) 2004 and Long Running 2007. As well as heather (C. vulgaris), its larvae are known to feed on vetches/clovers. Two records in the past 15 years suggest that this moth could still be present on ruderal/unimproved habitat at post industrial sites along the Thames Estuary or Dengie Peninsular. (R Smith) References