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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Aglossa caprealis - Small Tabby

Range & Status

Not listed by Parsons (1993) because it is found only in artificial or synanthropic conditions, but listed by Ball (1986) as notable. Goater (1986) notes that it is rarer than formerly. There are only two published recent records in Britain, in Cornwall (Spalding, 1991a) and in Essex (Harley, 1992), both records of adults to light. We consider that this species should be given RDB status.

Regional Distribution

Recorded in Cornwall once only on a farmyard near Truro (1990) and may not still be


Habitat & Ecology

The larvae feed on damp vegetable debris and animal foodstuffs such as oil cake residue in old farmyards. The adults rest on woodwork in barns.


The ' tidying-up' of old farmyards.


Conservation of old farmyards.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.