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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: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 15-17mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants, bushes and trees.

Regional breakdown:

 VC61VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded18061930188318831969
Year last recorded20152014201520152015
Number of records95793979374671741575
Number of individuals5821720803122774979910483
Unique positions15916819324553
Unique locations15615719226355
Adult records95203937364467801561
Immature records250820

For the county, we have a total of 26053 records from 823 sites. First recorded in 1806.
 

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Species Account


Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Very common throughout all five vice-counties. It is the most common of this group of moths and recorded from every type of habitat.

2012 (CHF): Extremely common and recorded in large numbers all across the county in a variety of habitats in the spring. Sometimes less common in woodland than some of its relatives. This moth has a longer flight period than the other Orthosia species and can occasionally appear before the year end. This was most noticeable in 2011 with a remarkable series of records from Hutton Conyers and Sharow from 13th October onwards.
 

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