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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Jun-Aug, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Common Nettle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930184618861940
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records63222514257048651256
Number of individuals1362558095313173404312
Unique positions21721628929069
Unique locations20920728330166
Adult records62552462244247181243
Immature records32700

For the county, we have a total of 17527 records from 1066 sites. First recorded in 1846.


2477 Snout 06 Side
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2477 Snout 05 Top
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2477 Snout 04
© Andy Nunn
2477 Snout 03 2nd generation
© Alan Draper
2477 Snout 02
© Alan Draper
2477 Snout 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and generally abundant wherever nettles are found in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Common and widespread across the whole county with no recent changes in numbers. Before the late 1990s this species was univoltine in Yorkshire with a single brood peaking in late July. Since then it has become bivoltine. The first brood is a couple of weeks earlier and there is an increasingly large second brood in September with records continuing into November. The second generation is significantly smaller and often darker.

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