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  Early Thorn Selenia dentaria  

B&F: 1917

ABH: 70.237

Status: Resident.

Distribution and Abundance: Common.

Primary Habitat: General occurrence.

Flight Period: Double brooded in March and April and again in July and August.

Observations: Returns from the Pitsford Water m.v. light traps for the five years 1999 - 2003 show the summer brood moths to be three times more plentiful overall at the traps than those of the spring brood. Viz:-
1999 spring brood  4 summer brood 10,
2000 spring brood  0 summer brood 16,
2001 spring brood  3 summer brood 11,
2002 spring brood  8 summer brood   8,
2003 spring brood  3 summer brood   9.
Totals: spring brood - 18, summer brood 54.
Although present in some midland counties, melanics do not seem to occur in Northamptonshire.

L.O.N.: 1907. Everywhere. Common.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.