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Fisher's estuarine moth fact file

Fisher's estuarine moth description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNoctuidae
GenusGortyna Fisher's estuarine moth biology

Fisher's Estuarine is a single-brooded moth. Active at night, adults can be found flying around or resting invertebrates_freshwater

Fisher's estuarine moth range

Restricted to one area in the north-east of Essex Fisher's estuarine moth habitat

Inhabits marshy fields Fisher's estuarine moth status

Classified as Vulnerable in Great Britain Fisher's estuarine moth threats

The threats facing this species include changes in land use, such as agricultural intensification. The foodplant is also a local species Fisher's estuarine moth conservation

Fisher's Estuarine Moth occurs in one National Nature Reserve, and so receives a degree of protection at that site. It is also fully protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981; it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure, take or sell this moth, or to damage or destroy its habitat under this act

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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Find out more

For more on English Nature's Species Recovery Programme see:
http://www.english-nature.org.uk/science/srp/default.asp
Further reading on moths:
Leverton, R. (2001) Enjoying moths. Poyser, London.
Skinner, B. (1984) Colour identification guide to moths of the British Isles. Viking, London.

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Authentication

Information authenticated by Sean Clancy.

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Glossary

Single-brooded
(Also known as 'univoltine'). Insect life cycle that takes 12 months to be complete, and involves a single generation. The egg, larva, pinvertebrates_freshwater

References

  1. National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary (September 2002) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/
  2. Skinner, B. (1984) Colour identification guide to moths of the British Isles. Viking, London.
  3. Shirt, D. B. (Ed). (1987) British Red Data Books: 2. Insects. Nature Conservancy Council, Peterborough.
  4. The Environment Agency. (1998). Species and Habitats Handbook: 'look-invertebrates_freshwater
  5. Personal observation from ARKive images.
  6. Clancy, S. (2003) Pers. comm.
  7. JNCC. The Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. (September 2002): http://www.jncc.gov.uk/species/Legislation/protect/default.htm
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