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  Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata  

B&F: 1752

ABH: 70.087

Status: Resident.

Distribution and Abundance: Fairly common.

Primary Habitat: Grassland.

Flight Period: Double brooded between May and August.

Observations: The moth is often plentiful on the limestone grassland of Collyweston Quarry. It is generally less common in woodland as shown by the Rothamsted light trap at Fineshade with an annual average of one moth in the 1990’s with an incidental flight period extending from
24 May to 22 August. My own field records show that I have seen the moth in seven of the last ten years in a variety of habitats and the bedstraw feeding caterpillar on one occasion.

L.O.N.: 1907. Many localities. Common.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.