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1952 ~ Common Heath ~ Ematurga atomaria
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common but local species, its stronghold is in the north-west of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 22-34mm.

Confusion species

Latticed Heath.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mostly heathland and moorland, but also found in meadows, grassland and woodland rides.


Heather, clovers, vetches and trefoils.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a slight cocoon on or just in the soil. Larva mid June-mid September.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MW, 4th June 2010, Cors Dyfi

Photo by MDH, 26th May 2016, Lake Vyrnwy